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September 2021

Project: Maximising the contribution of Allied Health Professionals within mental health, learning disability and autism settings

On 29th September, we held our first online observatory for Allied Health Professionals (AHP's). This was a great introduction to a series of observatories for AHP's working in mental health services. We had a good turnout with professionals from a variety of disciplines including occupational therapists, dietitians, dramatherapists, art therapists, and more. Jane Melton (HEE) chaired the session with support from our project managers, Atiya Fazalbhai and Hannah Poupart. 

Details on the next Observatory to follow soon. 

Project: Preparing the workforce for the proposed Mental Health Act reform

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

VP Go - NWSDU Team Wellbeing Challenge

Keeping up with NWSDU article 

At NWSDU, we prioritise staff wellbeing and fun experiences at work. The Stress and Resilience Framework points out 'Team building' interventions are useful for creating a supportive organisation. 

So, we have come together as a team to take part in the Virgin Pulse Go! challenge. The VP GO destination challenge is a team-based competition to build healthy habits and drive team collaboration. Our team, 'Keeping up with NWSDU', is competing with other NHS teams to reach our virtual destination by counting our daily steps. We are well on our way and enjoying the friendly competition.

If you're taking part let us know how you get on or connect with us on the app. 

July 2021

Why equality, diversity and inclusion are essential for the future of the mental health workforce

GM diversity article

The Psychological Professions Network (PPN) South East recently published a blog article written by our project manager, Gracious Musariri. Gracious is the project manager for the unit's Diversity Project titled, Our project 'Improving access to development and career progression for minority ethnic and disabled groups within the NHS workforce'. She wrote an opinion article based on her experiences of being a woman from a minority ethnic group working for the NHS. She believes that a  diverse workforce, with equal voices, will be far better equipped to address key public health priorities and to meet the increasing service demand. 

Click here to read the blog article online. 

July 2021 - Article by Rob Hardy on NHS Staff Burnout, Stress and Resilience 

NHS Staff burnout, stress and resilience

The Institute of Health and Social Care Management recently published an article by our Senior Programme Lead, Rob Hardy. In the article, Rob explores the negative impacts of Covid-19 and the pressures of lockdown on NHS staff wellbeing. Rob discusses how the Stress and Resilience Framework can help organisations support staff by exploring what impacts their wellbeing. 

Click here to read the article online.

NWSDU 'NHS Staff burnout, stress and resilience' article IHSCM


September 2021

Celebrating National Inclusion Week 2021


We are participating in National Inclusion Week 2021 (27th Sept - 3rd Oct).

The initiative is led by Inclusive Employers and the aim is to collectively celebrate, inspire, share and progress inclusion. 

We value what diversity brings to our team and the wider community, and we want to continue working towards becoming more inclusive in our work. 

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