The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice: Volume 2 Issue 2

Issues for workforce development


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Is breakaway training effective? Examining the evidence and the reality

Paul Rogers, Gail Miller, Brodie Paterson, Clive Bonnett, Peter Turner, Sue Brett, Karen Flynn, Jimmy Noak

Breakaway training is a mandatory training programme for mental health staff in both NHS and private services. However, the question that remains outstanding from the…


The alignment of workforce development with service user moves towards integral self‐intervention in the management of emotional states that may lead to behavioural disturbance: one Australian perspective

Daniel Nicholls, Mervyn Love, Jeffrey Daniel

This paper explores the workforce development issues that arose in the course of an Australian repeat pilot study. The aim of the pilot study was to introduce, within a…

Absconding from secure units: a review and description of an ‘absconding pack’ — implications for wider use

Trisha Nichols

In the present climate of risk assessment and management, the risk posed by the mentally disordered offender might be considered central to the role of mental health…


Implementing behavioural activation in inpatient psychiatric wards

Joe Curran, Paul Lawson, Simon Houghton, Kevin Gournay

Behavioural activation is a contemporary behavioural treatment for depression that has the potential advantages of being more readily adopted in psychiatric inpatient…


The challenges of developing dual diagnosis capabilities for acute inpatient staff

Elizabeth Hughes, Neil Robertson, Cheryl Kipping, Claire Lynch

Dual diagnosis poses particular challenges for inpatient mental health services. Workers have low levels of training, clinical experience and support to deliver integrated…

New ways of working in acute inpatient care: a case for change

Ian Baguley, Jane Alexander, Hugh Middleton, Roslyn Hope

This position paper focuses on the current tensions and challenges of aligning inpatient care with innovations in mental health services. It argues that a cultural shift…

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