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Learning and Development Resources in Mental Health Diversion and Liaison work

Working to support people’s mental health needs within acute hospital settings is a complex task which requires a workforce who are skilled across many areas of mental health, addressing issues across the lifespan, understanding the complex interplay between physical and mental ill health, as well as having advanced mental health assessment, risk assessment and management skills and the ability to make autonomous decisions regarding people’s care planning often at times of crisis for the individual.

In order to practice in this field of mental health service provision, staff need to be supported through learning and development activities that support the high levels and large range of competencies required to do the job safely and effectively.

The Urgent Care Diversion Project across the West Midlands is scoping out what resources are currently available to this workforce and is seeking evidence of the different learning and development activity in the region and nationally in order to draw on best practice to support the workforce in the future. Please utilise the form below to submit evidence. 



Call for evidence

In this call for evidence we are asking for your evidence and good practice examples of the following:

Learning and development resources that support staff working in liaison psychiatry to develop or maintain their competencies.

It may include;

  • University or college provided courses
  • In house training courses
  • E-learning packages
  • Courses offered by external companies
  • Other learning and development activities

Our aim is to collate currently available resource and where appropriate, make the information about these learning and development activities available to the workforce across the west Midlands through an electronic resource. Your evidence will inform the electronic resource and ensure that good practice is shared in order to promote and support development within the workforce in mental health liaison or diversion services.

As an individual or organisation submitting evidence please be aware that you may be asked for further information in order for the learning and development activity to be included in the online resource. Before submitting your evidence, it is useful to consider what mental health and diversion teams are; 

Liaison psychiatry services are designed to operate away from traditional mental health settings, in the main in general hospital emergency departments and wards, and medical and surgical outpatients. The multidisciplinary liaison psychiatry team will typically include specialist mental health nurses, psychological therapists, occupational therapists and social workers.Liaison psychiatry services hold expert knowledge on the safe operation of the mental health act in general health settings and provide expertise to capacity assessments

The submision form will remain open until 15 May 2017. For any queries in relation to this project contact madeleine.paul@bsmhft.nhs.uk

This Page was last updated on: 1 March 2017

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