New Mind and Body training launched
To help mark Mental Health Awareness Week, a new e-learning resource has been launched to help all staff across our partnership understand the links between the physical and mental health needs of our patients and service users.
The new interactive training, which is available on the King’s Health Partners Learning Hub, has been designed to help staff in both acute, mental health and community settings recognise all the health needs of the people we care for and to feel confident in how to identify appropriate services or treatment for them.
The mind and body are inseparable, and mental and physical health conditions are often connected. The average life expectancy for someone with a long-term mental health illness is much shorter than for someone without, often due in part to smoking, obesity, diabetes or alcohol misuse. Likewise, many people with long-term physical health conditions also suffer from depression or other mental health conditions.
‘Mind and Body Healthcare: Addressing mental and physical health needs’ helps explain this connection between physical and mental health. It includes patient journey case studies to demonstrate how health problems often require coordinated treatment across the healthcare system, with opportunities to practise identifying healthcare priorities in different clinical contexts. There are also examples of good clinical practice across King’s Health Partners to inspire discussion about how we can further improve our services.
The training is suitable for all staff at King’s Health Partners, including people in non-clinical roles. Through a better understanding of the needs of our patients and service users, all staff will be better placed to develop and deliver clinical care, education and research which help close the gap between mental and physical health.
Chris Attoe, Assistant Psychologist at Maudsley Simulation, has led the development of the new resource as part of a wider piece of work to improve Mind and Body training across King’s Health Partners. He says:
There is so much evidence about the connections between a person’s mental and physical health and we are in a unique position to make a real difference, with great work and initiatives throughout the partners. By further supporting our workforce to understand the mind and body health needs of our patients and service users we will be able to significantly improve the quality of care and experience that we provide.
The new resource is just one of a range of mind and body training opportunities available to staff across our partnership. Find out more about the other courses on the King’s Health Partners Learning Hub, Maudsley Simulation, or read about the more in-depth training provided by the IMPARTS (Integrating Mental and Physical Healthcare: Research Training and Service) team.