Jill Anderson's Blog – March 2013 Archive (16)

Inquiry into the future of mental health services in the UK

The Mental Health Foundation is undertaking a major Inquiry into the future of mental health services across the UK, looking 20-30 years ahead at what sort of mental health care and support we will need, and how we might ensure it is achieved. The Inquiry is co-chaired by Lord Carlile of Berriew and Professor Dinesh Bhugra. It expects to report this autumn.

You can find out more about the Inquiry …

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2013 at 16:19 — No Comments

How can universities support disadvantaged communities?: new report

Universities can support disadvantaged communities by providing access to opportunities and facilities, resources and expertise.  This study shows how universities are successfully engaging with these communities, and highlights the potential for universities to do more and to do it better. It found that:

  • Universities could do more to support disadvantaged communities by using their distinctive position as leading local institutions, and by recognising the role they can play as…
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Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2013 at 16:31 — No Comments

Education and Learning: sociological perspectives. Call for Papers

Wednesday 25 September 2013, University of Surrey

This one-day conference, supported by the British Sociological Association’s Education Study Group, will showcase the diverse and innovative range of research that is currently being conducted within the Sociology of Education.  

Conference Organisers: Rachel Brooks (University of Surrey), Kalwant Bhopal…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2013 at 12:18 — No Comments

Patient and Public Involvement in HE - student essay competiton - deadline is 3 May

Closing Date - 12 noon Friday 3rd May 2013

The Higher Education Academy (HEA), Health and Social Care Cluster (HSSC) encourages students to share their experiences of service user engagement and Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) in higher education in a number of ways via writing for publication, abstracts for posters at our conference, workshops and by becoming a member of a network for those with a special interest in PPI; the Lived Experience Network (LEN).

To encourage…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Royal College of Psychiatrists - March e-newsletter

The Royal College of Psychiatrists produces an informative monthly e-newsletter.  See here for the latest issue.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2013 at 11:46 — No Comments

An Avalanche is Coming - Higher Education and the Revolution ahead

This recent report may be of interest.

An Avalanche is Coming sets out vividly the challenges ahead for higher education, not just in the US or UK but around the world. Just as we’ve seen the forces of technology and globalisation transform sectors such as media and communications or banking and finance over the last two decades, these forces may now transform higher education. The solid classical buildings of great universities may look permanent but the storms of change now threaten…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2013 at 11:40 — No Comments

Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (JPAAP) - Call for Papers and Reviewers

Volume 1 Issue 1

Deadline: 5 April 2013



The Editorial Board are delighted to announce the first call for papers or other contributions for Volume 1 Issue 1 of the new Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice.



The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (JPAAP) is an open access e-journal of research and practice development in higher and further education. The journal aims to provide a publishing outlet to allow…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 13, 2013 at 21:47 — No Comments

2013 Student Wellbeing Web Summit

An online event by Mental Wealth UK and Open Your Mind, bringing together the best learnings, opinions and resources for promoting student wellbeing and developing university campuses into communities that support the flourishing of their members. Further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 12, 2013 at 10:45 — No Comments

Origins: The evolution and impact of psychological science. Teaching resource.

Psychology, the study of the human mind and behaviour, has a long history. Rooted in philosophy and science, the history of psychology encompasses many discoveries and theories that have helped shape our understanding of human behaviour. The effects of some of these psychological discoveries have an impact on our everyday lives, sometimes in surprising ways. Psychology has evolved in many ways over the last 150 years and continues to evolve today.

'Origins: The evolution and impact of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 5, 2013 at 20:35 — No Comments

DiscursiveofTunbridgeWells - new blog

This new blog is authored by the Psychology Programme at Salomons, Canterbury…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 5, 2013 at 20:23 — No Comments

Complex Trauma and Its Effects: Perspectives on creating an environment for recovery

This handbook brings together the experiences and perspectives of people working with trauma in a wide range of fields, and explores the innovative ways in which they each seek to overcome the problems they face, while relating this to new thinking that is altering our understanding of a complex medical and social issue.

Topics include:

  • the neuro and social science behind complex trauma and personality disorders
  • the effects of chronic neglect and abuse on…
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Added by Jill Anderson on March 2, 2013 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Thou Art: community-based art practice, wellbeing and progression

Thou Art is a multi-partnership, user led research and development project exploring community-based art practice and its links to well-being and progression opportunities in the lives of mental health service users. A major component of Thou Art is a film based on interviews with artists who have a history of mental illness, and made by the artists involved on the project. It illuminates the barriers to artistic expression and production encountered by the artists, the ways in which some of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 1, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health - new website

The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCPMH) is co-chaired by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of General Practitioners. It is a collaboration between seventeen leading organisations, inspiring commissioners to improve mental health and wellbeing, using a values…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 1, 2013 at 12:23 — No Comments

MindEd: e-learning to support healthy young minds

The Department of Health has commissioned an e-learning programme, providing educational advice, learning, and support for training, to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people. The MindEd e-learning programme is targeted at the one million adults who come into contact with children and young people in a professional or voluntary capacity.

See here for further details and an associated…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 1, 2013 at 12:19 — No Comments

Mental Health Discrimination Act is now law

Three pieces of legislation fed into the discriminatory and outdated idea that people with mental health problems can never recover, and cannot be trusted to participate in social, political or economic life.

The Mental Health Discrimination Act:

  • repeals section 141 of the Mental Health Act 1983, under which a Member of the House of Commons, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly or Northern Ireland Assembly automatically loses their seat if they are sectioned under the…
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Added by Jill Anderson on March 1, 2013 at 11:12 — No Comments

More on making writing simple!

Can you describe a complex topic using only the thousand most common English words?

Try it here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 1, 2013 at 11:03 — 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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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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