Supporting mind and body care

King’s Health Partners Mind & Body Programme has published their Learning and Development strategy with supporting resources to help both clinical and non-clinical staff in providing joined up and evidence-based mental and physical healthcare to patients.

Mind & Body L&DOur Mind & Body Programme’s vision is of a local health and social care landscape where patients and service users routinely access care that addresses their physical and mental health needs simultaneously, provided by services and staff who feel supported and empowered to do so.

To help achieve this the Programme have published an evolving Learning and Development Resources document which signposts staff to existing learning and development opportunities for mind and body care.

This handy document is divided into three levels based on professional roles and core competencies.

  • Level 1 is aimed at all clinical and non-clinical staff and captures training and awareness resources aimed at improving understanding of the need to address both physical and mental health needs in all people
  • Level 2 is designed for clinical staff who sometimes provide care to patients with or at risk of physical and mental health comorbidities and includes training and awareness resources aimed at supporting staff to recognise and proactively address the needs of patients, service users, carers, and colleagues, relating to both physical and mental health
  • Level 3 is tailored to clinical staff who regularly care for patients with or at risk of physical and mental health comorbidities. It includes resources aimed at supporting staff to take the lead in improving care to better meet the physical and mental health needs of patients, service users, carers, and colleagues.

The strategic objectives set out in the Mind & Body Programme’s Learning and Development strategy are to:

  • Foster positive attitudes towards integrated mental and physical health, combatting stigma
  • Improve recognition and support for both the mental and physical health needs of patients
  • Assist staff to access support and resources for working with mind and body
  • Ensure that mind and body care is addressed at all levels of healthcare education
  • Engage local partners in improving mind and body training and subsequently care
  • Allow staff to feel supported, engaged, and valued through their training on mind and body
  • Advocate for co-produced training, securing a voice for service user perspectives and experience
  • Establish sustainability of training delivery, accessing funding and support as appropriate.

You can find out more about how we’re joining up mental and physical healthcare, training and research to improve health outcomes for our patients and service users on our Mind & Body Programme page.

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