Secondary Care

Tavistock and Portman NHS Digital Academy launches mental health training for schools

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Digital Academy has expanded its offer to include “Senior Mental Health Lead training: a whole school approach”, a new online programme consisting of four courses to support individuals in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in educational settings.

The Digital Academy provides a range of online courses delivered by clinical educators which encourage learning through experience and discussion.

The new programme, suitable for designated Senior Mental Health Leads or people who have completed some mental health leadership training already, has been designed by educational psychologists and teachers to help participants develop their knowledge and understanding of mental wellbeing

It consists of four five-hour courses, available online. Within each course, there are live seminars to allow participants and tutors to share learnings with a multidisciplinary group. The programme will guide Senior Mental Health Leads to influence, promote and embed a positive approach to mental health in their settings through the development of a personalised plan. It is suitable for all educational settings from primary school through to further education colleges.

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Many therapies and practices used around the world to treat mental health problems were devised at the Tavistock and Portman and, to this day, we continue to share our clinical expertise to help everyone in society. We bring our extensive experience to this programme as the only NHS mental health clinic currently assured by the Department for Education for grant-funded Senior Mental Health Lead training, and the only NHS trust to be registered as a Higher Education Provider by The Office for Students. This means your learning will be grounded in practice and real life application. With our Digital Academy, we have made our training accessible and available to everyone to explore in your own time, at your own pace.”

More information on the new programme can be found here.