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This page will be updated regularly with a selection of our latest mental health resources. 

Public Mental Health Training Directory and Quality Marker Checklist

This Public Health Training Directory presents the current provision of mental health training programmes available in England for a range of target audiences. Its purpose is to support commissioners of health and care services and education, workforce development and organisational development professionals by highlighting available educational resources to improve practice as part of public mental health at a population level. The Quality Marker Checklist is a guide to the evaluation of existing public mental health training programmes and informs the design of new training programmes.

Physical Health Competency Framework for Mental Health and Learning Disability Settings

Our refreshed Physical Health Competency Framework for Mental Health and Learning Disability Settings has now been published.

This framework incorporates elements of the knowledge and skills needed for registered clinical staff working in mental healthcare and/or learning disability settings to be able to meet the physical health needs of service users with serious mental illness and/or service users with a learning disability. 

This framework:

  • does not supersede previous policies or protocols; enhances existing procedures
  • can be used to aid recruiting or in a team discussion to improve awareness and training
  • is designed to be accessed and used by all in a mental health capacity.

Older People’s Mental Health Competency Framework

Our refreshed Older People’s Mental Health Competency Framework has been published. This framework supports the delivery of excellent services across disciplines which are directly or indirectly involved in supporting and promoting older people’s mental health.

This framework:

  • does not supersede previous policies or protocols; enhances existing procedures
  • can be used to aid recruiting or in a team discussion to improve awareness and training
  • designed to be accessed and used by all in a mental health capacity.

Prescribing Competency Implementation Guidance for Mental Health 

We have developed a practical, accessible guidance document that supports prescribers to follow the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) Prescribing Competency Framework and apply this in a mental health context.

Good practice in developing new workforce roles

Good practice in developing new workforce roles is a suite of resources to support NHS and social care employers to create sustainable new roles. This interactive tool is accompanied by a print-friendly PDF version, that can be used as a quick reference document, and a PowerPoint file. Its aim is to improve the way we plan for and implement new roles.

Infographics

These infographics give an overview of key areas of work for the national Mental Health Programme.

Developing the mental health workforce

Perinatal Mental Health

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for Adults

Supporting provision of high-quality education

Uses and benefits of the career and competency framework

Mental health training directories

Increasing access to mental health services is an NHS priority and as such we need to train and develop the workforce wherever possible. The training directories in the Related Documents section below contain a variety of courses and resources provided by universities, colleges and other specialist organisations. These vary in terms of duration, assessment and modality.