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February Lunchtime Seminar – Mental Health Training for Physical Health Practitioners

10 Feb 2016 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Cottesbrooke, Room C328

the University of Northampton, Park Campus

Hosted by Centre for Applied Mental Health Research (CAMHR)

Presentation by Dr Sheila Hardy, Senior Research Fellow, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Mental Health Training for Physical Health Practitioners

Most people with a mental health problem in England are cared for by clinicians in primary care who may have had little or no training in this area.  Our aim was to develop an accessible education programme which was appropriate to the learning needs of this workforce.  A survey of the mental health and well-being training needs and preferred learning methods of practice nurses was undertaken, then a programme of education was developed by a primary care mental health expert.  Teaching was delivered by mental health nurses who were trained as educators.  Both the practice nurses and mental health nurses felt their clinical practice would improve as a result of being involved in this programme.  To sustain the learning, mental health nurses were supported by attending and then leading their own action learning sets.  This model of education can be adapted and used by health organizations both nationally and internationally.  Research is required to find out whether training practice nurses using this programme has an impact on patients.


Sheila Hardy is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL; Senior Research Fellow at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; Post graduate Nurse Educator, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Northampton. She has twenty years of experience in primary care where her clinical work included caring for patients with physical and mental health problems.

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** A Sandwich lunch will be provided **

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