May 2014 Blog Posts (16)

The importance of supporting social workers’ own wellbeing should not be underestimated

The importance of supporting social workers’ own wellbeing should not be underestimated

After Mike Bush experienced a mental breakdown while working as a social worker he looked to improve support for professionals' wellbeing

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Added by Mike Bush on May 22, 2014 at 17:21 — No Comments

Funding for service user and carer involvement in the social work degree to continue.

Service user and carer involvement in the development and delivery of the social work degree: Block grant per course of £7,400 will continue to be paid in 2014-15.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 19, 2014 at 19:24 — No Comments

Exploring family carer involvement in forensic mental health services

Scottish policy and law underline the importance of supporting family carers and using their knowledge and experience to increase the effectiveness of mental health care and treatment. In particular, the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (MHCT Act), and Caring Together, Carers Strategy for Scotland (Scottish Government, 2010), emphasise involvement and participation of carers in mental health services. While there is a growing body of research about carers’ experiences…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:46 — No Comments

New HEA report on practice assessment panels in social work

The report documents findings from a study on practice assessment panels and focuses on decision making around social work students deemed to have failed their practice placements. The report briefly documents major developments in English social work education as well as the current context of practice learning within England.

The report goes on to highlight concerns around the robustness of practice education, in particular the apparent reluctance by practice educators to fail…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:25 — No Comments

International Journal for Educational Integrity

The journal provides a platform for educators across all sectors to research issues in the multi-disciplinary field of educational integrity. In addition, IJEI provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to take a leadership role in the relatively new field of educational integrity.



The IJEI is an international refereed journal where research on educational integrity is disseminated in an accessible and cost-effective format. The journal challenges readers to consider…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:15 — No Comments

Embedding mental wellbeing in the curriculum: maximising success in higher education

24 June 2014 at 12.00.

This webinar explores ways in which leadership in curriculum development, especially new areas such as mental wellbeing, is a collaborative venture in which all staff and students can play a part. The increase in the numbers of students disclosing/experiencing poor mental health and evidence to suggest that study related factors can exacerbate mental distress and impact on retention and achievement mean that this focus on mental wellbeing in terms of academic…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

MHNAUK position statement on dementia care

The Mental Health Nurse Academics UK group has produced a position statement on dementia care. 

Read the statement here.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 17, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry

CAOS is an interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal that publishes original articles/art work/poetry that foreground critical forms of social inquiry, research and practice. These include but are not limited to Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP), Intersectionality, Anti-Racism, Anti-Black Racism, …

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 17, 2014 at 7:53 — No Comments

Post Graduate Certificate in Communities, Engagement and Enterprise

A unique opportunity for those interested in community engagement and social justice to explore the historical, political and theoretical roots of community work in Britain, and to develop a deeper insight into the emergence, development and potential of 21st century community organising and social action within a global context.

This course runs at the University of Brighton.  …

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 16, 2014 at 16:45 — No Comments

The role of traditional healing in mental health

Burgeoning research has highlighted the convoluted mental health pathways of members of the African and Caribbean communities, and their over-representation within the mental health service.

In many respects their experiences are a microcosm of issues associated with the black minority ethnic communities living in London. Experiences around spirituality, for instance, may be one key area frequently “pathologised” by those involved in delivering mental health care, rather than viewed…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 12, 2014 at 19:04 — No Comments

Patient involvement in medical and healthcare education - tweetchat

The next #ukmeded Twitter chat will take place on Thursday 15th May at 9pm, on the role of patients and patient leaders in medical and healthcare education.



If you haven't taken part in a Twitter chat before, all you need is a Twitter account (they are free, and you can set one up via twitter.com<…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 12, 2014 at 17:46 — No Comments

'Illness' by Havi Carel

Havi Carel was speaking at an event at the Storey Institute in Lancaster today.  This book was mentioned and may be of interest:

What is illness? Is it a physiological dysfunction, a social label, or a way of experiencing the world? How do the physical, social and emotional worlds of a person change when they become ill? And can there be well-being within illness? In this remarkable and thought-provoking book, Havi Carel explores these questions by weaving together…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 12, 2014 at 17:04 — 1 Comment

Mindfulness for Students

The practice of mindfulness in universities and colleges is a relatively recent development. The Mindfulness for Students Network is made up of mindfulness teachers who are interested in supporting the practice of mindfulness in higher education. They have come together to create a forum for sharing resources, information and good practice.

Visit the website

Added by Jill Anderson on May 7, 2014 at 15:46 — No Comments

Think ahead: meeting the workforce challenges in mental health social work

This report examines the challenges facing mental health social work, and 'offers a blueprint for a fast-track programme that could better recruit and train high-calibre graduates for the profession'.  Any thoughts?

Download the report

Added by Jill Anderson on May 6, 2014 at 22:08 — No Comments

mhhehub chat for AMHP programme leaders

A chat session for people responsible for Approved Mental Health Professional training programmes will be held on the mhhehub on Thursday 15 May 2014 from 9 - 10am.  To join the chat, just log in to the mhhehub and scroll down for the chat screen.  This chat session is aimed at people who have responsibility for AMHP training programmes and are based in universities, or in joint posts spanning higher education and local authorities or trusts.  It will be facilitated by…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 6, 2014 at 11:39 — No Comments

Wardipedia

A collection of ideas, examples, information and research about therapeutic mental health inpatient care. 

Visit Wardipedia

Added by Jill Anderson on May 6, 2014 at 9:27 — No Comments

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A New Vision for Mental Health

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 20, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it could be redesigned from scratch?

A New Vision for Mental Health aims to both explore and suggest various answers to this question. It also aims to challenge each of the mental health professions to engage constructively with the wider…

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The Future of the Mental Health Workforce - new report.

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 19, 2017 at 9:26 0 Comments

Centre for Mental Health was commissioned by the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network to explore what the mental health workforce of the future should look like. This report presents the key findings from a review of: • The current workforce in specialist, NHS funded mental health services in England; • Current policy and its impact on the future workforce; • The views of people who work in and use mental health services, obtained through a series of consultation events and roundt able…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Mad Positive in the Academy: three short films

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

'In May 2012, the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson hosted an event entitled: Mad Positive in the Academy. This event brought engaged academics and community activists from four projects into dialogue about mad positive practices located at the intersection of mental health, formal education and social movements.

From 19 filmed interviews and roughly 7 hours of footage, we have created three short videos, or ‘web docs’ that discuss: what is means to be mad positive in the…

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Not by degrees: Improving student mental health in the UK's universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 16:30 0 Comments

How well are the UK’s universities equipped to meet the challenge posed by students’ mental health and wellbeing needs?  On the one hand, there is a growing public narrative suggesting a ‘crisis’ in students’ mental health, with frequent stories of long delays in accessing counselling, and tragic reports of student suicides. On the other, young people today are often accused of being ‘snowflakes’ unable to cope with ordinary life events. What these narratives are likely to conceal, though,…

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Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness - free e-book

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 11:00 0 Comments

Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, “What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?”

More than 60 voices of psychiatric patients, scientists, journalists, doctors, activists, and artists create a vital new conversation about empowering the human…

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Physical health in mental illness: learning resource

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 20:47 0 Comments

'People with a mental illness are more likely to have a preventable physical condition such as cardiovascular disease, and to die earlier than the rest of the population. Nurses working in all settings can work with these people to improve their outcomes.



The Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health forum steering group has collaborated with the charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to create this resource for nurses. Dr Sheila Hardy is a dual trained nurse who researched…

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Surviving schizophrenia - video

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:35 0 Comments

Elyn Saks, Debra Lampshire and Paris Williams are all world experts on mental health. They’re using their personal experiences and working in their respective fields to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia.

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Step Change - new framework for universities to help improve student mental health​

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:08 0 Comments

A new framework has been published by Universities UK.  It aims to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of students in UK higher education institutions.

Step change​  is one strand of UUK's  programme of work to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all those who learn and work in higher education.  It aims to support university leaders to help embed good mental…

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