The future of the mental health workforce

21 September 2017

A report from the Centre for Mental Health calls for reform to develop a mental health workforce able to meet people's needs in the future. The report describes a crisis in commissioning of mental health services with a diminishing workforce, growing expectations and increasing demand putting pressure on staff across the country. It recommends that all GPs should have significant and wide-ranging mental health training, and that mental health professionals should be given the time and training to consult with GPs and other public service staff to help them to respond to more people’s mental health needs.

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GP appointments over the Christmas holidays

12 December 2017

NHS England has published campaign materials to inform the public about GP appointments during the holiday period.

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Effective communication: how to deliver your message with clarity and impact

12 December 2017

Great leaders understand how to communicate. Well communicated messages build trust, promote understanding and create confidence - the essential conditions for leading change and meeting challenges.

This one-day course on 1 February in London will make you better at planning what you want to say and at putting it across clearly and unambiguously, even under pressure.

It will suit practice managers, GPs, CCG managers, commissioners and any manager new to leadership.

The workshop enables you to develop your skills in a group of up to 12 participants facilitated by an experienced and qualified coach.

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Should NHS staff be thinner than the rest of the population?

12 December 2017

This week Woman's Hour debated whether female nurses, statistically more overweight than the average member of the population, are setting a bad example. Simon Stevens has already implored NHS frontline staff to lead from the front when it comes to shedding the flab. Is he right or is it none of our business? Vote on this week’s NHS Networks poll at www.networks.nhs.uk

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15 Steps Challenge toolkit

12 December 2017

The 15 Steps Challenge focuses on seeing care through a patient or carer’s eyes, and exploring their first impressions. Originally developed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, the suite of toolkits have been refreshed and updated and a new guide for commissioners added.

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Inequalities in later life

11 December 2017

A report by a charity examines the disparities in health, financial security, social connections and housing faced by older people and how the negative impacts of these accumulate for those who are worse off.

It highlights how poor education, work opportunities and a lack of social connection can have long-term consequences for physical and mental health. The main report is accompanied by an insight report which outlines the implications of the findings on policy and practice.

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