Mental Health Trust Partnership to Educate Clinicians of the Future – 11/10/12

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is working alongside a West Midlands University to deliver a primary care mental health Masters for clinicians of the future.

The agreement between the Trust and the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Health and Wellbeing was unveiled at a launch event this week and will see the two work together on mental health education and research.

The MSc/MA in Mental Health is aimed at current and newly qualified GPs, nurses, social workers and other health professionals.

The Trust will provide clinicians from a multi-disciplinary background including nurses, medics and social workers to be involved in the educational course and there will be an opportunity for the Trust to be involved in mental health research.

The initiative is part of wider aims to support primary care mental health services and improve access to care for people with mental health needs in the community.

Gary Graham, Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, said he was proud of the Trust's partnership and believed it would benefit service users in the future.

He said: "This education allows us to use our specialist clinical expertise to improve the patient experience wherever they access mental health services – in this case primary care.

"We want to ensure that a recovery based approach is delivered to service users and by improving knowledge in primary care we believe this can only benefit those suffering with poor mental health.

"We are passionate about ensuring the best mental health provision for service users and we believe this education programme supports our aim by educating clinicians of the future on mental health."

The pioneering MSc/MA Mental Health is designed to enable practitioners to meet the challenges of vulnerable people with mental health needs, in primary care settings. It will enable students to more effectively diagnose and recognise, manage and appropriately refer patients.

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Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Recruitment, Jane Nelson and Gary Graham, Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, at the launch of the Primary Care Mental Health MSc.