If you are interested in booking a course or learning more about the training we offer, please complete our Training Request Form.
The trust aims to raise awareness of depression and related issues in young people and will fund the cost of training to staff, parents and students on relevant topics (though donations are encouraged of course!) Suggested sessions are outlined below though you are welcome to make a suggestion.
- Understanding and Supporting Self-Harm &/or Eating Disorders
- Understanding and Supporting Anxiety &/or Depression
- Promoting Positive Mental Health
- Developing Resilience and Coping Skills in Children and Young People
- Supporting Student Wellbeing in the Run up to Exams
- Understanding and Supporting Stress and Anxiety
- Supportive Listening Skills for Pastoral Staff
- Safely and Sensitively Teaching about Mental Health
- Helping Your Child Manage Their Stress Levels
- Supporting Your Child through Revision and Exams
- Promoting Emotional Well-Being and Positive Mental Health
- Boosting Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Body Confidence
- Spotting and Responding to Early Signs of Eating Disorders
- Spotting and Responding to Early Signs of Depression
- Spotting and Responding to Early Signs of Anxiety and OCD
- How to Support Your Child if they Self-Harm
- How to be a Supportive Friend
- Understanding Eating Disorders
- Understanding Self-Harm
- Understanding Suicide
- Understanding Depression
- Understanding Anxiety and OCD
- Managing Stress during Revision and Exams
- Self-Esteem Building Workshop
- Body Confidence Workshop
- Communication Skills Workshop
We focus on high-impact training to GP trainers, working in collaboration with local NHS training bodies.
Our GP training is delivered at three levels:
• Young people’s mental health: the GP consultation
Teenagers are the patient group who consult GPs the most with minor problems, each seeing the GP between two and eighteen times per year. Of those consulting, one in three have a diagnosable mental health problem. This session uses RCGP video of GP consultations to illustrate the most common GP consulting issues. Cases include:
– Establishing if this is normal teenage behaviour
– Detecting a mental health problem
– Ways to establish rapport
– Activating teenagers to help themselves
– Risk management
Practical self-help CBT for the GP consultation is also introduced.
• Common mental health problems: the GP consultation
One in four consultations are with a patient with a mental health problem, with depression/anxiety being the most common presentations. This session provides a basic structure for the GP consultation which may then be used to develop a shared plan with the patient. The session uses common GP scenarios, such as a patient asking for a sick note. Ways are introduced to identify the problem and then make shared decisions including gaining concordance. The approach has practical and simple CBT self-help and mental health promotion at its core.
• Practical CBT for the GP consultation
This session introduces some tried and tested CBT methods which can be used within a GP consultation. The methods can be used not only in a mental health consultation with a patient, but in any other consultation as part of shared decision making and patient self-care for long term conditions. Simple ways to support a patient to change behaviour, as well as to help change a patient’s mindset will be considered. RCGP video is used as well as role play and CBT tools.
• Patients with long term health conditions and mental health conditions: the GP consultation
Patients with long term health conditions are central to GP practice and up to sixty percent of such patients have a concurrent depression. GPs are also seeing more patients with enduring mental health problems, such as schizophrenia, who may have concurrent diabetes or COPD. Concordance can be a major issue. This session uses GP cases to introduce ways to identify a mental health problem when the consultation focus is on chronic disease management; to improve concordance through working with a patient to self-manage their conditions more successfully; and to consider further complex issues such as poly-prescribing.
• Preventing medical error in general practice mental health: the GP consultation
This is a critical area in GP practice: one in four consultations is with a patient with a mental health problem and there is potential for medical error to have a high impact. This session uses real cases from the medical defence societies to illustrate the most common medical errors in this area. Each case is followed by root cause analysis, practical risk management strategies and work-based educational methods based on the RCGP competencies. Cases include patient follow-through, failure, prescribing error, “delayed” diagnosis and self-harm management.
• Clinical risk: the GP consultation with a patient with a mental health problem
This is a critical area in GP practice: one in four consultations is with a patient with a mental health problem and mental health risk has a high impact. This session uses RCGP video of GP consultations and real cases from the medical defence societies to illustrate the most common GP presentations of mental health risk. Cases are followed by exploration of high risk groups, clinical risk assessment, safety planning and referrals. Cases include high risk groups such as young and old people, as well as self-harm.
• Medically unexplained symptoms in general practice mental health: the GP consultation
This is a critical area of GP practice: twenty percent of GP consultations involve a patient with medically unexplained symptoms. This session uses video of GP consultations to illustrate the most common GP presentations of patients with medially unexplained symptoms and a mental health problem. Cases are followed by exploration of patterns of symptoms and screening; use of investigations; explanations to patients; use of prescribing and management options, including practice attendance management; and CBT for patient self-help.
Our training for practice and community nurses is accredited by the Royal College of GPs . Our specialist trainer, Dr Sheila Hardy, provides a ‘train the trainer’ programme in mental health and wellbeing for practice and community nurses.
The programme is made up of five modules, which can be delivered as a series or as standalone modules:
Mental health awareness
The module has been designed to give practice nurses a good understanding of the various mental health issues that they will meet in primary care. This includes screening and support for depression and anxiety, medications used in mental illness (including depot injections), and local services for people with mental health problems.
A large part of the practice nurse role is to support patients to change unhealthy behaviours. This module teaches practice nurses how to use evidence based approaches of behaviour change to help and support their patients to set appropriate goals and actions to improve their health.
Physical health in mental illness
People with mental illness can die up to 20 years earlier than the general population. They have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and other physical health problems. This module covers best practice guidance in carrying out physical health checks and how to use the appropriate tools (these are free to download from a website designed for practice nurses).
Helping people to avoid stress reduces both physical and mental health problems. This module offers the practice nurse practical advice and techniques that they can use with their patients to prevent stress in everyday life.
Co-morbidities – using a psychological approach
People with long-term conditions are more at risk of developing depression and anxiety than the rest of the population. This in turn affects the outcomes of their physical condition. This module looks at common co-morbidities and offers the practice nurse guidance to deliver care using a holistic approach.
Included in the programme are six e-learning units which anyone can access:
- Managing alcohol and drug misuse in primary care – a guide for practice nurses
- Medication for mental health problems in primary care: a guide for practice nurses – part one
- Medication for mental health problems in primary care: a guide for practice nurses – part two
- Your patient’s journey
- Care planning – a guide for practice nurses
- Specific mental health conditions: a guide for practice nurses
We provide talks to universities which give students insights into the relationship between psychological health and performance.
The half-day sessions, delivered with the Positive Group, draw on the latest findings from neuroscience, medicine, cognitive behavioural and ‘positive’ psychology. The presentation also introduces evidence based tools and techniques for building resilience and staying positive under pressure. Each session is tailored to an individual college or university and explains the local support available to students if they do experience any mental health problems during their time at university.
For further information contact please contact the Trust.