September 2011 Blog Posts (10)

Mental health of students in higher education - RCP report

The main purpose of this report is to provide an update to a previous Royal College of Psychiatrists document, Mental Health of Students in Higher Education, published in 2003. Over the past decade, the demographics of the student population have undergone many changes that are of relevance to the provision of mental healthcare. The numbers of young people in higher education have expanded and they have become more socially and…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 30, 2011 at 16:46 — No Comments

Developing an holistic and joined-up approach to mental wellbeing

Produced by the National Health Universities Project this guidance package provides:

...background information, evidence and links to existing guidance for universities to promote mental wellbeing.

...general information on mental wellbeing as well as separate sections focussing on staff and student issue.

...suggestions on policy/procedures development, areas for consultation, potential internal/external partners to involve.



Added by Jill Anderson on September 26, 2011 at 17:38 — No Comments

User led organisations

The development of User-Led Organisations (ULOs) is central to the Government’s Vision for Adult Social Care .  Research in Practice for Adults (ripfa) held a series of regional workshops to explore and examine the evidence-base for ULOs and how Local Authorities (LAs) can respond and encourage their emerging role.  These pages set out the main messages from the…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 17:26 — No Comments

Social work and social policy - HEA ebulletin

The Higher Education Academy has appointed Vida Douglas as Discipline Lead for Social Work and Social Policy.  See here for her September ebulletin.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 17:09 — No Comments

HEA call for academic associates

The HEA is building a community of Academic Associates to deliver and develop support for learning and teaching in higher education. Expressions of interest are sought from academics with current experience, who are leaders in their field, can work as part of a team, and who share the HEA’s ambition to improve learning and teaching and the student learning experience. See here for further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

One in Four film festival

An upcoming film festival at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is set to quash the myths and fight the stigmas associated with mental health.  The One in Four Film Festival, which is now in its fifth year, will take place between 10 to 14 October and show a range of entertaining, yet informative, feature films which explore the effects of mental health on individuals and society at large. For further details, see:  …


Added by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 16:49 — No Comments

Family work - reading lists

I recently came across some very interesting reading lists on the Meriden Family Programme website:

- Family work with BME communities

- Caregiver stress



Added by Jill Anderson on September 12, 2011 at 19:01 — No Comments

Social WorK Education Support Grant consultation - please respond

The Social Work Education Support Grant (SWEG) is a Department of Health fund to support universities and employers in providing practice learning opportunities for social work students on qualifying courses. It also supports the involvement in social work education of people who use services, and carers.

The SWEG consultation is now live.

Click here to read the full consultation…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 12, 2011 at 18:47 — No Comments

Do the right thing: how to judge a ward

Royal College of Psychiatrists report setting out ten standards for adult inpatient mental health care. 

The purpose of this occasional paper is: (a) to offer a useful minimum checklist of standards for managers and commissioners of services to apply in strategic planning and in assessing for themselves the quality of their wards; and (b) to provide elaboration of the ten standards drawing on the evidence of current practice as found by recent reviewing bodies.…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 12, 2011 at 18:44 — No Comments

HEA launches second phase of teaching development grants.

The call for bids in the Higher Education Academy’s second phase of teaching development grants has opened today, Monday 5 September 2011.

Over the next year the HEA is making £1.5 million of funding available for teaching development grants.  The funding will stimulate evidence-based research and encourage innovations in learning and teaching that have the potential for sector-wide impact.
The second phase of the scheme, which has just been announced,…

Added by Jill Anderson on September 12, 2011 at 18:35 — 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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