National Workforce Skills Development Unit

To meet the changing nature of mental health services, and to better support the 'Five Year Forward View', we are working with Health Education England (HEE) to change the way that the National Training Contract works and creating the National Workforce Skills Development Unit.

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The National Workforce Skills Development Unit (NWSDU) aims to work collaboratively across the healthcare sector, bringing together a variety of experts in the field of healthcare, education and relevant fields of practice to develop innovative education and workforce development solutions for mental health services.

Building on the positive work of the perinatal mental health programme, we have agreed a number of specific areas of work to support elements of the mental health workforce strategy:

  1. enhancing mental health skills in primary and community care settings
  2. supporting vulnerable children with complex care needs
  3. supporting staff experiencing psychological trauma.
Health Education England (HEE) and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust have a long-standing relationship for the provision of education and training for mental health. This new unit will be funded through existing resources within the contract being diverted to this new national service and will be effective from April 2017.

In the light of the changing context and the nature of mental health provision to better support the implementation of the 'Five Year Forward View', we are developing our work to support HEE’s delivery of its strategic objectives for workforce development and transformation. This function will be delivered through the newly formed NWSDU which will be effective from April 2017.

Recent products:

'Mental health services in England: workforce, policy and practice issues'

A report by the Centre for Mental Health of the current policy landscape for mental health services in England and its implications for the workforce.

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