National Workforce Skills Development Unit

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.

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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 has taken the shape of a national training contract (NTC) 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', National Workforce Skills Development Unit has been established with the aim to support the delivery of HEE’s strategic objectives for workforce development and transformation.

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

In its first year, 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.

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

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0208 938 2091

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