Jill Anderson's Blog – February 2012 Archive (8)

Intelligent kindness - reforming the culture of healthcare

Intelligent Kindness is a powerful new approach to healthcare reform. Ballatt and Campling argue that the NHS is a system that invites society to value and attend to its deepest common interests; it is a vital expression of community and one that can improve if society, patients and staff can reconnect to these deeper values. To do so will improve quality and patient experience, as well as morale, effectiveness, efficiency and value for money. Relentless regulatory and structural NHS reforms…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 20:16 — No Comments

New resources for the children and young people's IAPT project

The Deputy Prime Minister,  Nick Clegg, and Health Minister Paul Burstow announced today that the ambitious Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) programme will receive an extra investment of up to £22 million over the next three years. This is in addition to the £8 million per year for four years that had previously been secured.  The new resources will be used to

  • extend the…

Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 20:03 — No Comments

Physical health and mental health - launch of new tool

Charity Rethink Mental Illness has launched a range of tools to help mental health professionals tackle the physical health needs of the people they work with.

The tools have been developed as part of the ‘20 Years Too Soon’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the fact that people affected by severe mental illness die on average 20 years younger than the general population, mostly as a result of preventable physical conditions.



Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 16:18 — No Comments

Twitter debate: medical vs social models

@MHchat: Mental Health Diagnosis: Medial vs. Social Model a Twitter debate

Join us on Wednesday (29-Feb) at 8pm GMT / 3pm EST / 1200 for a mental health chat @MHchat discussing "Mental Health Diagnosis: Medical versus Social Models".

May be of interest to tweeters!

Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 16:14 — No Comments

Relevant research for AMHPs

Martin Webber has compiled an extremely useful reading list of research of relevance for AMHPs.  Download here.


Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:59 — No Comments

2nd International Health Humanities Conference - Call for Papers

A reminder that the Call for Papers for the 2nd International Health Humanities Conference 2012 is live and accepting submissions, following the huge success of the 1st IHHC in 2010 in Nottingham. Please do take a look and consider submitting a paper or attending.

Further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:51 — No Comments

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day - 22 February

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day aims to focus efforts aimed at promoting the mental health of people who live and work in Higher Education settings. The Day has come about as a result of an initiative undertaken by the University Mental Health Advisers' Network (UMHAN) www.umhan.com, but other organisations are encouraged to…

Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:49 — No Comments

Mental health - film resources

These resources, catalogued by MindReel, may be of interest and use in teaching.

Voiced by a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group, 'Nimbus' explores the dark, and often isolated, world of depression. This short film…

Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:30 — 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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