Jill Anderson's Blog – January 2015 Archive (7)

SICK! Festival

SICK! Festival is the first festival in the UK dedicated to revealing and debating our most urgent physical, mental and social challenges – and is expanding in 2015 into venues across Brighton and Manchester.

SICK! Festival was launched in 2013 as the first festival of its kind in the UK dedicated to exploring the medical, mental and social challenges of life and death and how we survive them (or don’t). SICK! presents an outstanding international, cross art-form…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 30, 2015 at 17:43 — No Comments

Student Mental Wellbeing: Policy, practice and future direction

Friday, 13 February - London

Student Mental Wellbeing: Policy, practice and future direction is a one day conference offered jointly by UUK and the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group (MWBHE). It launches the ‘Good practice guidance for student mental wellbeing in higher education’, originally published in 2000, now rewritten to take into consideration changes in law, policy and practice within today’s institutions. Mental wellbeing is crucial to every…

Added by Jill Anderson on January 26, 2015 at 20:07 — No Comments

Vacancy: Higher Education Academy, Head of Health and Social Care

The Higher Education Academy is currently advertising for a Head of Health and Social Care, to: 

'drive strategic initiatives to enhance sector wide learning and teaching, develop our academic portfolio and consultancy, and ensure we are at the leading edge of practice-based pedagogic research. As a key member of a small leadership team you will play a critical part in developing the role, reputation and ongoing sustainability of the HEA.

The role will suit an ambitious…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 26, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Understanding inspiration in bipolar disorder - funded studentship

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply for this CASE studentship: a collaboration between the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University, and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. The studentship covers full fees plus a generous stipend and a small contribution for research costs. 

See here for details

Added by Jill Anderson on January 8, 2015 at 15:18 — No Comments

Online conference on mental health recovery and social inclusion: 23 February 2015

The MSc in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion, co-produced by experts by experience, agency professionals and academics in Italy, Poland, Portugal, USA and the UK, is the world’s first online Master programme that addresses how the concepts of Recovery are delivered, and can best be developed, within mental health agencies.  Please see our website

Students include experts by experience and agency…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 8, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

We've got work to do: new MIND report

We’ve got work to do: Transforming employment and back-to-work support for people with mental health problems.
This report brings together years of Mind’s work in this area to explain how and why the workplace, the benefits system, and back-to-work schemes are so often failing to provide the support that people with mental health problems need to stay in, return to, or start work. We have set out our vision of what needs to be done to create a system that works. This vision is…

Added by Jill Anderson on January 7, 2015 at 13:26 — No Comments

Happy New Year

See here for an update from the mhhehub. 

Added by Jill Anderson on January 6, 2015 at 16:56 — 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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