National Workforce Skills Development Unit projects

To date the Unit has been engaged in a broad portfolio of projects. Here are examples of our past and current projects: 

Optimising the development to increase the number of the Multi-Disciplinary Approved/Responsible Clinician Extended Roles across England

Rationale To raise awareness and optimise the development of multi-disciplinary approved / responsible clinician roles within organisations across...

Enhancing the skills of registered nurses in CYP Mental Health

RationaleTo address any gaps in knowledge of registered nurses from the four nursing specialisms (adult nursing, children's nursing, mental health...

Maximising efficiency in psychological professions’ training routes

RationaleTo consider ways of maximising efficiency in training routes for psychological professions SummaryThe project will analyse training routes...

Attitudes towards mental health careers in the NHS

RationaleTo investigate attitudes towards mental health careers in the NHS to be able to better promote these career options SummaryThis project...

Review of Mental Health e-learning

RationaleThere has been rapid advancement in approaches to mental health in England and internationally over recent years. In order to reflect this...

National Mental Health Workforce Development Collaborative workshop on ‘Thriving at work’

RationaleTo consider how to adopt the recommendations from the Thriving at Work review, commissioned by the Prime Minister and led by Dennis...

Improving system leadership in children and young people’s Learning Disability services

RationaleEnhancing system leadership identified as a key area for improvement by the Lenehan ‘These are our Children’ report. This project followed...

Children and young people with learning disability and complex mental health conditions transforming care workforce

RationaleTo develop a strategic workforce planning framework to support workforce development in the 49 Transforming Care Partnerships. SummaryThis...

Supporting Promotion of Mental Health Careers and Developing Psychology Graduate Career Pathways

Rationale To illustrate the current career structure whilst also drawing attention to barriers to working in mental health services in the NHS and...

Using reflective practice with frequent attenders: development of an e-learning module

RationaleTo support front line staff to better understand and manage their needs when working with frequent service attenders through reflective...

Developing a NHS framework for harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people

RationaleWorking with children displaying harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) can be challenging for NHS staff, and NHS staff development may not form...

Enhancing management of psychological distress and promoting systemic resilience

RationaleTo seek fresh approaches to addressing workplace stress and resilience SummaryThe project considered approaches to psychological stress,...

Developing good practice in new workforce roles

RationaleReviews of workforce plans revealed that the lack of integrated approach to planning creates risk in role success and sustainability...

Skills and training comissioning in primary care mental health

RationaleTo understand where gaps in training and competency are in primary care and support and develop new and existing training where needed...
National Workforce Skills Development Unit (NWSDU)

The NWSDU has been established to meet the workforce challenges in healthcare. The Unit is commissioned by Health Education England to support the...

About the National Workforce Skills Development Unit

The National Workforce Skills Development Unit was established in April 2017 by Health Education England (HEE) in collaboration with the Tavistock...

Meet the NWSDU team

Chris Caldwell is the Director of Nursing and Director of NWSDU. Chris joined the Trust in November 2016. As well as her role as Director of...

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