February 2014 Blog Posts (7)

AMHP programme leads

There will be an on-line discussion for AMHP programme leads on March 4th from 9 - 10am. This is being hosted here on the Hub. Please come along and join in.

We also have a dedicated group on the Hub, just clikc on 'Groups' above to find us.


Added by Kate Karban on February 19, 2014 at 11:41 — 1 Comment

Mersey Care Animations

Participants who have experience of accessing the mental health services from Mersey Care NHS Trust have been working with artist Babis Alexiadis to create animations about their experiences with mental health issues.

The films demonstrate how telling a story through creativity can lead to a whole different perspective on a persons experiences. The films are produced by the participants taking guidance and inspiration from Babis, and feature soundtracks by Moby.

They explore…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2014 at 11:08 — No Comments

HEA Digital Stories Workshop Competition

The Health and Social Care Cluster at the Higher Education Academy is launching a competition to award 8 places on a digital story telling workshop to explore the impact of Interprofessional Learning (…

Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2014 at 10:58 — No Comments

Participation Now - new web platform

Participation Now is a new Open University/OpenLearn web platform built for those interested in exploring and critically reflecting on emerging developments in the field of public participation and public engagement.

Find out more.…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2014 at 10:56 — No Comments

Threshold Concepts: from personal practice to communities of practice

Proceedings of the National Academy’s Sixth Annual Conference and the Fourth Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2014 at 10:55 — No Comments

Educating the 21st Century Social Worker: Educating Against the Neoliberal Grain. CALL FOR PAPERS

Professional social work education can be fraught. Students continue to want to learn the skills that will enable them to feel competent when they enter the agencies and institutions where they will ply their trade. Educators strive to create curriculum and deliver programs that go beyond mere competency training. Those of us who situate ourselves within critical pedagogy insist upon infusing all that we teach with theoretical depth and conceptual complexity. We seek 



Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2014 at 10:46 — No Comments

Mental Health and Deafness: New Book

The assessment and treatment of mental health concerns for Deaf individuals has been largely ignored and/or misunderstood by many mental health professionals. In Mental Health and Deafness, Margaret du Feu and Cathy Chovaz seek to rectify this by outlining current issues surrounding mental health and deafness. The book provides valuable information to professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of mental health and deafness, and the authors share their extensive clinical experience…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2014 at 10:43 — No Comments

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QMU launches the world's first Masters in Mad Studies

Posted by Jill Anderson on December 1, 2020 at 11:50 0 Comments

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is launching the world’s first master’s degree in Mad Studies. The MSc Mad Studies course is primarily a course for graduates with lived experience of mental health issues. It has been hailed by a leading international Mad Studies academic as the most exciting piece of curriculum development in the last 20 years!

Mad Studies is a recognised academic discipline that explores the knowledge and actions that have grown…


Unlearning through Mad Studies: disruptive pedagogical praxis

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2020 at 19:00 0 Comments

Medical discourse currently dominates as the defining framework for madness in educational praxis. Consequently, ideas rooted in a mental health/illness binary abound in higher learning, as both curriculum content and through institutional procedures that reinforce structures of normalcy. While madness, then, is included in university spaces, this inclusion proceeds in ways that continue to pathologize madness and disenfranchise mad people.

This paper offers Mad…


Stepchange: mentally healthy universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:48 0 Comments

Earlier this year, UUK published a refreshed version of its strategic framework, Stepchange: mentally healthy universities, calling on universities to prioritise the mental health of their students and staff by taking a whole university approach to mental health.

The Stepchange approach and shared set of principles inform the …


Think Ahead gets funding to boost its intake.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:41 0 Comments

Fast-track mental health social work provider Think Ahead will expand its intake by 60% from next year following a government funding boost of at least £18m.

The Department of Health and Social Care has agreed a contract with Think Ahead to increase the number of trainees for its 2021 and 2022 cohorts from 100 to 160, with…


Transforming Mental Health Social Work videos

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:39 0 Comments

Health Education England has commissioned 11 videos centered on real-life experience of specialists in the social work field.

See the video playlist.

Transforming mental health social work - conference report

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:37 0 Comments

In February 2020 Health Education England and Skills for Care put on two major conferences about the role and development of mental health social work. 

Download the conference report.

Leadership in mental health social work - web pages

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:33 0 Comments

A section of the Skills for Care website has been developed for mental health social workers and AMHPs

View the web pages here.

Social work education and training in mental health, addictions and suicide: a scoping review protocol

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:29 1 Comment

Social workers are among the largest group of professionals in the mental health workforce and play a key role in the assessment of mental health, addictions and suicide. Most social workers provide services to individuals with mental health concerns, yet there are gaps in research on social work education and training programmes. The objective of this open access scoping review is to examine literature on social work education and training in mental health, addictions and…


Mental health nurse education: perceptions, access and the pandemic

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:25 0 Comments

With World Mental Health Day this Saturday, a new Nuffield Trust report discusses how more people might be attracted to apply to study mental health nursing, and the reasons why they might currently be less likely to do so.

Co-author Claudia Leone picks out some  key findings.

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