Lunchtime seminar: Mental Health Training for Primary Health Practitioners

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing are holing a lunchtime seminar on Wednesday 10 February in Cottesbrooke room C328. The seminar is presented by Dr. Sheila Hardy and titled Mental Health Training for Primary Health Practitioners. Read on for full details.

Mental Health Training for Primary Health Practitioners

Dr Sheila Hardy
Wednesday 10 February 2016
Cottesbrooke Room C328
University of Northampton, Park Campus

Institute of Health and Wellbeing logoMost people with a mental health problem in England are cared for by clinicians in primary care who may have had little or no training in this area. Our aim was to develop an accessible education programme which was appropriate to the learning needs of this workforce. A survey of the mental health and well-being training needs and preferred learning methods of practice nurses was undertaken, then a programme of education was developed by a primary care mental health expert. Teaching was delivered by mental health nurses who were trained as educators. Both the practice nurses and mental health nurses felt their clinical practice would improve as a result of being involved in this programme. To sustain the learning, mental health nurses were supported by attending and then leading their own action learning sets. This model of education can be adapted and used by health organizations both nationally and internationally. Research is required to find out whether training practice nurses using this programme has an impact on patients.

Sheila Hardy is an Education Fellow at UCLPartners, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Northampton. She has twenty years of experience in primary care where her clinical work included caring for patients with physical and mental health problems.

Sheila is keen to improve the care of people with mental health issues in primary care and has carried out research in this area. She writes educational articles for nursing journals, as co-authored two books, and sits on a number of expert reference boards.

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

To register, please visit

Posted on February 5, 2016, in Events, Lectures & seminars, School of Health and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: