Jill Anderson's Blog – June 2013 Archive (21)

Involving older age: the route to 21st century wellbeing.

Shaping our Age was a three year research and development project supported by the Big Lottery Research Programme and a unique partnership between Royal Voluntary Service, the Centre for Citizen Participation at Brunel…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 26, 2013 at 10:38 — No Comments

HCPC: Outcomes of the consultation on the criteria for approving approved mental health professional programmes

See here for a summary of the responses received to the recent HCPC consultation.

Added by Jill Anderson on June 25, 2013 at 19:47 — No Comments

HCPC Education Seminar Dates - 2013-14

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is holding a series of education seminars around the UK aimed at education providers running an HCPC approved programme. This year's seminars will cover two themes: Social work and approved mental health practitioner (AMHP) programmes, and Service user and carer involvement.

The seminars are free of charge and places must be booked in advance. It is anticipated that demand will be high so please book early in order to guarantee your…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 25, 2013 at 19:43 — No Comments

Strengthening Academic Psychiatry in the UK - New Report

Mental ill health accounts for some 15% of the disease burden in developed countries, yet spending on mental health research makes up just 5% of the total UK health research budget and psychiatry has been identified as a vulnerable clinical discipline.

In January 2012 the Academy formed a working group to develop a position paper on the training of academic psychiatrists in the UK.

The report aims to identify the challenges and barriers in recruiting and retaining trainees, and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 25, 2013 at 19:04 — No Comments

Patient, Carer and Public Involvement Seminar Series - links to presentations

Presentations, talking heads and blog postings linked to the University of Leeds/HEA seminar series are now available on line here.

Added by Jill Anderson on June 21, 2013 at 13:58 — No Comments

Debating diagnosis and rethinking the way we teach about mental health

Blog posting by Dave Harper - introduces new book and linked resources for lecturers on Psychology, Mental Health and Distress.  See here.

Added by Jill Anderson on June 18, 2013 at 21:02 — No Comments

Mental health and distress: collaborative curriculum development - The story!

Here is the account of last week's event - on learning and teaching about mental health in social work (thanks for the plug Julie!): …

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 18, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

International membership

We now have 56 members of the mhhehub from outside the UK: Australia (10), Africa (1), Argentina (2), Belgium (3), Canada (8), Czech Republic (1), Finland (1), Germany (4), Eire (4), Israel (3), Japan (1), NewZealand (3), Portugal (2), Sweden (3), USA (11). If you are one of these and have not already added yourself to the member map, please do, as this will enable others to find you.  Please do pass the word around.  We are conscious that much of the content on the hub is UK-focused.  If…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2013 at 9:15 — No Comments

Mental Health and Distress: Collaborative Curriculum Development

View the photos by scrolling down on the mhhehub homepage!

Added by Jill Anderson on June 14, 2013 at 12:53 — 1 Comment

A pedagogy for uncertain times

A pedagogy for uncertain times has itself to be uncertain.  It is open, it is daring, it is risky, it is, itself unpredictable. . .  A pedagogy for uncertainty will be ontologically disturbing and enthralling all at once.  It will be electric, as one move sparks another and in unpredictable ways. . . This pedagogy is a form of restrained anarchy; even a disciplined anarchy – with its spaces and its risks

Barnett, R. (2007) A Will to Learn: Being a Student in an Age of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 13, 2013 at 7:15 — 2 Comments

mhhehub chat - 18 June from 6-7pm

mhhehub chat: There will be a chat session on Tuesday 18 June at 18.00 - 19.00 British summer time (17:00 GMT) for anyone who is using their lived experience of mental distress in teaching and learning - or would like to.  Join us if you can.

NB To join, just log in to the hub at the allotted time and scroll down on the homepage to find the chatbox.  Any queries, do just get in touch. 

Added by Jill Anderson on June 10, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

The Lived Experience Research Network

Based in the US, the Lived Experience Research Network (LERN) promotes service user/survivor leadership and inclusion in behavioral health and disabilities research, advanced clinical practice, and program evaluation to advance inclusion and social justice. LERN supports service user/survivor-identified students, researchers and evaluators, and is inclusive of those in academic, governmental, and community-based research/training settings. LERN advocates for…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 10, 2013 at 17:25 — No Comments

Mental health and distress: collaborative curriculum development

Learning and teaching about mental health in social work.  Follow our discussions this week in Lancaster, on twitter: #mhcurr

Added by Jill Anderson on June 10, 2013 at 15:13 — 1 Comment

Social Work Media App - exploring ethical issues

This app offers you an amazing way to explore some of the ethical issues of using social media in social work. 


In the app you will meet a Team Manager called Adrian, he will present some ethical dilemmas around social media use. Can you help Adrian make the right decisions to ensure his team’s practices are consistent with social work ethics and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 7, 2013 at 12:00 — 3 Comments

10 years of mhhe: a tale on 'storify'

mhhe is celebrating its ten year anniversary this year.  I've been experimenting with 'storify'.  See my efforts here: Mental Health in Higher Education: a decade of activity.  Please let me know what I have missed out!

Added by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2013 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

The Problem With Psychiatry, the ‘DSM,’ and the Way We Study Mental Illness

'Viewed over history, mental health symptoms begin to look less like immutable biological facts and more like a kind of language. Someone in need of communicating his or her inchoate psychological pain has a limited vocabulary of symptoms to choose from'.  Article by Ethan Watters. 

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2013 at 11:08 — 1 Comment

Peer support workers in mental health recovery - two new reports

Using peer support workers to support the recovery of people with mental illness can add significant value to mental health services, sometimes at no extra cost, according to new research published today.

The research, which is published in two separate papers, examines the value of peer support workers in supporting recovery. Peer support workers draw on their own experiences of mental illness and support others using services in their own recovery journeys. The research examines…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2013 at 11:01 — No Comments

HEE and HEA announce alliance

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Health Education England (HEE) have joined forces to deliver a project which will improve training for the health workforce.

The HEA has partnered with HEE to jointly run a 12-month project to promote Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) within student training as part of HEE's 'Better Training Better Care' programme.

TEL aims to accelerate the adoption of technology to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2013 at 10:54 — No Comments

The New Mental Health - a definition

Full text of the speech that launched The New Mental Health given by Mark Brown to the Asia Pacific Conference on Mental Health in Perth Western Australia on June 14th 2012.  It outlines the broad outline of The New Mental Health.

'I think one of the shifts that I’m noticing is people with mental health difficulties moving beyond seeing their identity as being defined by their interactions with services. We’re moving beyond seeing ourselves as ‘service users’…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2013 at 10:49 — No Comments

Reallife Learning website - resources for frontline health and social care staff

See the Realife Learning website for information about learning resources for frontline health and social care staff. There are also some downloadable guides for managers, available on the free resources page, about how to use the booklets to address common performance issues.  May be of use in teaching on qualifying/postqualifying programmes. …

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2013 at 10:30 — 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…

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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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