Health educators call for investment in education and training to support mental health services

31 July 2017

The Council of Deans of Health has welcomed the announcement by the Secretary of State of a programme of significant investment and reform in mental health and has called for investment in education and training to ensure the necessary supply of staff to support the delivery of this programme.

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council, said:

“We are particularly pleased to note the interdisciplinary approach of the plan to include mental health nurses, midwives and occupational therapists and the focus on investment in research and local leadership. However, delivering this programme of transformation will require investment to support existing staff with their professional development. We would also call for specific action to promote mental health nursing careers which are very rewarding and have good employability, but have typically been hard to recruit to.

“We look forward to working with Government and HEE on the recruitment and retention of students into the system to support the delivery of mental health services”.

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information: councilofdeans.org.uk.
  2. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames on 07496 693806.
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One response to “Health educators call for investment in education and training to support mental health services”

  1. Paul says:

    I welcome interdisciplinary but there is little or no evidence to show it has a positive effect on service user outcome. MH nursing needs to be strengthened as a professional group and not eroded. The nursing standards are trying to strengthen MH in adult nursing. People with mental ill health need experts in their care looking after them, not generalists

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