National Workforce Skills Development Unit (NWSDU)

To meet the changing nature of mental health services, and to better support the 'Five Year Forward View', the National Workforce Skills Development Unit (NWSDU) has been established.

Staff discussing ideas in conference room

Here at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust we have a long-standing relationship with Health Education England (HEE) for the provision of education and training for mental health. This has taken the shape of a national training contract for mental health. In the light of funding constraints at HEE, the changing nature of mental health services, and to better support the implementation of the 'Five Year Forward View', a National Workforce Skills Development Unit (NWDSU) has been established with the aim to support the delivery of HEE’s strategic objectives for workforce development and transformation.

Our NWSDU was established in April 2017 to enhance mental health capabilities in healthcare services across England. We work collaboratively with experts in the field of healthcare and education to develop education solutions for the NHS workforce. 

In its first year, we in the NWSDU have agreed a number of specific areas of work to support the implementation of elements of the mental health workforce strategy. The work required includes local, national and international research obtained 'in the field’ and in academic and professional literature. Ideas are generated, tested and potential workforce solutions scoped and evaluated, including economic evaluation and thorough engagement with those working in, and in receipt of health and care.

Current projects

We have commenced activity on an array of projects, aiming to deliver educational mechanisms for NHS workforce. These projects include:

  • Enhancing the management of psychological trauma and resilience in the NHS
  • Enhancing provision in primary care for patients with complex mental health needs
  • Exploring the educational needs of the NHS workforce caring for children with severe learning disabilities and comorbid mental health conditions
  • Supporting an educational tool for staff working with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours

Read more about our current projects.

Team members

Chris Caldwell, Director

Ian J Tegerdine, Associate Director

Joanna Daci, Programme Operations Manager 

Keisha Nurse, Operations Assistant

Sabeha Hoque, Researcher

Sharon Ogwang, Administrator

Contact us

workforce@tavi-port.nhs.uk

0208 938 2091


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.

Current NWSDU projects

Current NWSDU projects

Enhancing the management of psychological trauma and resilience in the NHS

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