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Government policy has highlighted the need to extend NHS mental health service provision to meet the needs of those with co-morbid mental and physical health conditions. To work effectively with this population, mental health workers require specialist training in supporting people with long-term conditions (LTCs).

We worked with NW London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups to develop, deliver and evaluate training focusing on three common conditions: diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and coronary heart disease (CHD). Training was delivered to 60 NHS mental health workers via 2-day interactive workshops. An online version of the training programme was also developed. Training was developed with input from stakeholders including clinicians, service managers and service users.

Participants’ knowledge of the three conditions significantly following training, along with their understanding of the role of psychological therapies in supporting people with LTCs and confidence in using specific assessment and intervention methods. The online training programme launched in October 2017 and is available at http://www.trainingltcs.org.uk/

Start date: 1/3/17 End date: 31/12/17
Funder: NHS NW London CCG
Funding: £110,678

Improving competencies of PWPs/counsellors to work with people with LTC
- Read the Final Project Report (December 2017) (pdf)

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Last Updated: 04/03/2019