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Senior Mental Health Lead training: a whole school approach

Recently refreshed to introduce the latest best practice, our DfE quality-assured Senior mental health lead training will help you implement a personalised plan to influence and promote a whole school approach to positive mental health and wellbeing. We are proud to currently be the only NHS mental health Trust which has been assured by the Department for Education (DfE) for grant-funded Senior Mental Health Lead training.

More information on how to apply for funding can be found on the Department for Education website.

What will participants learn on this course?

Senior Mental Health Lead training: a whole school approach is an interactive programme to help individuals promote positive mental health and wellbeing in educational settings. Over 12 weeks, and through interactive units, group seminars and a peer discussion forum, you’ll learn how to establish and promote workable processes and structures using planning and audit tools. You’ll get access to the course content for one year, allowing you to study any aspect of the training as needed and, after completing the course, be invited to join our drop-in consultancy sessions.

Who is this programme for?

Our beginner-level programme is suitable for individuals who have recently been designated as Senior Mental Health Leads in their setting, or have completed some mental health leadership training and are looking to consolidate their learning. The programme is suitable for all settings, including primary schools and middle deemed primary, secondary schools and middle deemed secondary, special schools, colleges including sixth form and further education colleges, and alternative provision settings, and our intention is to develop a community of practice where participants collaborate and share experiences.

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How does it work?

Once eligibility for DfE funding has been confirmed and an application for grant funding approved, participants can book to join the course. The programme comprises a bundle of four five-hour courses, all available entirely online and accessible at any time convenient to each individual. Within each course, participants can book a place on an optional live seminar with fellow participants and one of our course tutors to enrich and share learnings with a multidisciplinary group. Throughout the course participants will engage in self-assessment and reflection to assess their confidence in the skills gained. Participants will also receive feedback from the course tutors during the live sessions to ensure that the plans developed will be both realistic and effective.

Why study with us?

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has been at the forefront of exploring mental health and wellbeing for over 100 years. We bring our extensive experience to this programme and we are 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.

Interested in learning more about this programme?

Visit the course page to find out how to apply for DfE grant funding – meaning your costs will be covered to complete your training. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Digital Academy team by emailing DigitalAcademy@tavi-port.ac.uk.

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