Learning

How to support service users to plan ahead for challenging conversations

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By Poppy Ellis Logan @poppyellislogan Associate Lecturer in Mental Health (Middlesex University), My Care Academy Practice Lead We all have to face challenging conversations in our day to day lives, usually when putting forward views and opinions that may not be shared by others. Some people develop good strategies for dealing with these challenging conversations,… Read More

Gender identity and person-centred care

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By Asterios Bompolis @Asteriosbmpls Associate Lecturer in Mental Health (Middlesex University), My Care Academy Practice Lead Pronouns: He/His (what’s this?)   Gender diversity The Equality and Human Rights Commission (2011) report[i] indicates that “at least 1.3% of the UK population is in some way transgender or gender variant”[ii].  The significance of this figure is revealing… Read More

Learning from ADHD Awareness Month

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By Poppy Ellis Logan @poppyellislogan Associate Lecturer in Mental Health (Middlesex University), My Care Academy Practice Lead Part 1: What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), biologically speaking? People with ADHD have brains that are both structurally different to ‘normal’ and which are also chemically imbalanced, with lower levels of certain neurotransmitters than people without… Read More

New online learning for BEH-MHT staff

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. The Care Programme Approach (CPA) is the way mental health services work with service users. Our relationship with the service user is at the centre of this process and it is based upon the principles of recovery.  Enablement draws on… Read More

A different perspective: The assessment of the risk of suicide

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. Supporting staff to feel confident and competent when working with service users who are suicidal is essential. The Trust’s ‘Keeping the Patient Safe’ learning sessions provide staff with the time and space to refresh their knowledge and skills as well… Read More

My journey into non-medical prescribing

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By Charlene Hales, Clinical Team Manager at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust I approached my supervisor a year ago during my appraisal to express my interest in prescribing as I wanted a new challenge. I liked the idea of implementing a full care plan, conducting assessments, formulating impressions/diagnoses and designing a treatment package that includes medication prescribing.… Read More

It’s all about the conversation!

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. A recent symposium ‘Keep Us Safe’ was held by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust. Although the focus was on staff safety we reflected on patient and staff safety throughout the… Read More

Reflecting on Black History Month

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by Henry Akaluka, 3rd year BSc Mental Health Nursing Student and Student Voice Leader at Middlesex University Black history month has primarily been celebrated by revisiting the great works done by black people past and present. Notable black people like Malcolm X, Robert Nesta Marley, Martin Luther King jnr., Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks… Read More

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