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Older person's mental health

We are working to develop a competency and career framework that supports health care staff in following a rewarding career with opportunities for progression.

There are 10 million older people in England and the number is growing rapidly. The assessment and management of mental health problems in this age group requires bespoke competencies not always available in general adult psychiatric services.

As part of Stepping Forward to 2020/21: Mental Health Workforce Plan for England, published in July 2017, we are committed to supporting the development of staff working in this growing specialism by ensuring a competent and skilled workforce is in place to deliver on the Five Year Forward View, including the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

The aim of the framework is to support the delivery of excellent services across disciplines which are directly or indirectly involved in older people’s mental health. We want to ensure that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours at the right time and place.

Join our focus groups

We are seeking input from older people, practitioners, managers and wider stakeholders, to help shape and inform the specialist competency and career framework.

Join us in either Leeds or London - please book via the links below. 

  • Mon 26 March 2018 - London 10:00 – 13:00 
  • Thu 29 March 2018 - Leeds 10:00 – 13:00
  • Thu 29 March 2018 - Leeds 13:30 – 16:30 

Call for evidence

Do you care or support older people with mental health issues?

As part of the development of a new competency and career framework in older people’s mental health, we are seeking examples of good practice across the service areas and disciplines.

How to get involved

  • Complete the webform on this page
  • Include a description of the example (service, practice, intervention etc.) and a brief explanation of why you consider it to be good practice.

Examples can be anonymised and we will be in touch if your example is going to be included.

Closing date

The call for evidence will close on 31 March 2018.

We are particularly looking for examples supporting older people in:

  • The impact of common ageing-related issues (retirement, bereavement, becoming a carer, etc)
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Participation in meaningful activity
  • Relationships
  • Poverty
  • Community & Environment
  • Discrimination

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