The Collaborative supports the work of the National Workforce Skills Development Unit (NWSDU), which is hosted by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The unit provides administrative support for the Collaborative and the Collaborative supports the work of the unit.
The National Workforce Skills Development Unit was established in April 2017 by Health Education England in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The unit develops strategic initiatives to enhance mental health capability across the healthcare system. This meets the requirements of the Five year forward view[PDF] and the Five year forward view for mental health [PDF]. The unit has a national focus on workforce issues related to mental health and aspires to be a helpful resource to the system around workforce development for mental health and learning disabilities. The Unit facilitates the development of mental health and learning disabilities workforce while supporting the mental health and wellbeing of health and care staff. In doing so, it delivers projects with a national focus on workforce issues. The Unit plans to continue to work with HEE and other stakeholders to achieve transformation strategy to support services delivering the care and treatment to meet individual, family and community need.
The unit’s current portfolio includes the following projects for 2018/2019:
- Enhancing Management of Psychological Distress and Promoting Systemic Resilience
- Primary Care Mental Health: Understanding Skills and theCurrent Training Offer
- Using reflective practice with frequent attenders:development of an e-learning module
- Developing a NHS framework for harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people
- Supporting promotion of MH careers and developing psychology graduate career pathways
- Developing good practice in developing new workforce roles