Collaboration with the National Workforce Skills Development Unit

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.

Workforce development projects


The Unit has a broad and flexible portfolio of projects in relation to mental health and learning disabilities workforce which all focus on developing workforce and enhancing its capacity. The work of the unit include the following projects:

Enhancing the management of psychological distress and promoting systemic resilience

Children and young people with learning disability and complex mental health conditions transforming care workforce

Good practice in developing new workforce roles

Supporting promotion of mental health careers and developing psychology graduate career pathways

Perinatal mental health: competency framework and training mapping

Using reflective practice with frequent attenders: development of an e-learning module

Skills and Training Commissioning in Primary Care Mental Health

Developing a NHS framework for harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people

Retention of experienced nurses

Improving system leadership in children and young people’s Learning Disability services

Review of Mental Health e-learning

Integrated IAPT services: Emotional impact of long-term conditions training

Advanced Clinical Practitioner National Census (Information collection for London Mental Health)

Band 6 aspiring manager leader role for mental health – bespoke programme of training

Framework for graduate mental health nurse preceptorship

For further details of these projects, please click here or visit the unit’s website: www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/NWSDU

The Unit’s contact details:

Telephone:      02089382091

Email:              workforce@tavi-port.nhs.uk

Website:          www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/NWSDU

Linkedin          https://www.linkedin.com/company/nwsdu/

Twitter             twitter.com/NWSDU