Preparing the workforce for the proposed Mental Health Act reform

We want to understand how the proposed changes to the Mental Health Act (1983) (2007) might impact the mental health workforce. 

The White paper ‘Reforming the Mental Health Act’ outlines 154 recommendations to the Government on how the Mental Health Act (MHA) might change to improve implementation, practice and patient experience. 

We will be researching to understand how these changes could impact multi-professional Approved Clinicians' time and workloads in inpatient and community settings. 

We also want to understand how the wider multi-disciplinary mental health workforce could be impacted by the proposed Mental Health Act reform. We will focus our attention on four multi-disciplinary professions we believe to have a key role in the care planning and management of patients treated under the Mental Health Act. Our work will provide insight into expected implications for mental health nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, and social workers working in clinical settings in the NHS. 

We will deliver two short reports detailing our research methods, findings and considerations. 

If you'd like to find out more, please email Gracious Musariri or Joanna Daci. 

September 2021 - Multi-professional workforce focus groups 

In September, we started recruiting nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, and social workers for our multi-professional focus groups. The aim of the focus groups is to understand what the practical implications of the proposed changes to the Mental Health Act could be for the multi-professional mental health workforce. We aim to deliver a short report based on our findings. 

We have now stopped recruiting for the focus groups. 

If you are a professional or service user and have a view on the MHA reform please email for an informal chat. 

September 2021 - Workshop for Multi-professional Approved Clinicians 

On 6th September, we held a workshop for Multi-professional Approved Clinicians (MPAC's). MPAC's are clinicians from multi-professional (non-doctor) backgrounds including occupational therapists, nurses, psychologists, and social workers.  We had a fantastic turnout with 22 MPAC's who engaged in a Delphi exercise, whereby we will estimate the future time and workload demands for clinicians based on the proposed changes.

The findings will be highlighted in a report due to be submitted to our commissioners, Health Education England (HEE), in October 2021. 

August 2021 - Are you a Multi-professional Approved Clinician?

We are looking for Multi-professional Approved Clinicians to attend our Expert Reference Group workshop on Monday 6th September 2021 at 14:00 - 16:00.

If you are a Multi-professional Approved Clinician or in training to become one, and you are interested in participating in the workshop, please email Gracious Musariri to register your interest. 

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