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National Mental Health Workforce Development Collaborative workshop on diversity and inclusion

Our next Collaborative workshop is on 16 November at 10.30am.

In the morning, Dr Jacqui Dyer will present an overview of the Mental Health Workforce Equalities Subgroup and Implementation Project.

In the afternoon, we be discussing the system wide-work around equalities, diversity and inclusion. We will also be sharing outputs from the Unit’s projects and discussing how we embedded diversity and inclusion  thinking within our projects work.

For more information and bookings, please contact Joanna by emailing

Videoconference on Health Education England National Mental Health programme of work

The next workshop is scheduled for 15 September 2020. This Collaborative workshop will be about engaging the mental health Trusts in the Health Education England National Mental Health programme work plan. Specifically, we will consider Health Education England Mental Health workforce delivery plan and growth until 2024:

• Areas of focus and key Mental Health workforce issues

• Outline of the workforce approach required to support the delivery.

We will explore the changes to this plan in light of COVID-19 with focus on both mental health Trust staff wellbeing and on impact on mental health services from a Health Education England National Mental Health team point of view.

For further information and booking details, please contact Joanna Daci, Programme Operations Manager at

Videoconference on psychological support for NHS staff

At the last workshop in May 2020, mental health Trusts providers in England discussed the approaches to supporting their staff wellbeing across the system. They have developed and are still developing a range of initiatives to support their staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. There is a vast library of resources which sign post staff to the appropriate support. However, an immediate issue is around psychological support for NHS staff. A long-term specialist support will be needed. What the provider Trusts can do to support their staff who experienced trauma in the post-pandemic phase? As there is a high risk of developing unfavourable mental health outcomes in the post-emergency phase, consequently, staff may need appropriate psychological support or interventions.

It was agreed to organise an additional one-off forum to discuss what kind of work the mental health providers could do in the system to support staff post COVID-19 outbreak. It is important to understand ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’ and early symptoms. The system requires a big scale mental health support intervention. NHS staff needs space and time to process trauma, guilt and anxiety. It is also important to consider how long this support will be going for and if there are any preventative work that the Collaborative can do. The next workshop will explore these issues.

The workshop on psychological support for NHS staff is scheduled for 2nd July 2020 between 10.30am and 12.30pm. For further information and booking details, please contact Joanna Daci, Programme Operations Manager at


Videoconference on Workforce issues arising from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak

The Collaborative videoconference on workforce issues arising from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak is taking place on 14 May 2020.

The purpose of the meeting is to:

• discuss approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, explore the impact of the recommendations against the Partner Trusts’ current approach to safe staffing and workforce planning

• hear good practice examples of services related to support COVID 19 support for workforce

• discuss the development of the post-COVID 19 Collaborative Mental Health workforce workplan.

Please contact Joanna Daci, Programme Operations Manager at for further details.

Workshop on strategic workforce planning in mental health settings


The Collaborative is organising a strategic workforce planning workshop on 5th March 2020 in London. This workshop aims to help representatives from MH Trusts in England to plan how to improve mental health services / outcomes for patients and also to support their work towards the commitments within the NHS report ‘Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’ and NHS Long Term Plan. This workshop will try to set the context for strategic workforce planning in mental health and service design. It will also establish common understanding of how the population and public mental health will look like so better strategic workforce planning decisions can be made.

The Collaborative is inviting all NHS Trusts in England, that provide MH services, to the second of the series of workshops to focus on strategic mental health workforce planning issues from a provider view. We are inviting the Director of Nursing, Director of HR and Director of Organisational Development / Training.

Workshop presentations:

Presentation by Public Health England:

Understanding macro-level England’s population and public mental health in order to facilitate: strategic workforce planning and service planning in mental health, and  engagement with STPs and ICS.

Presentation by NHS England and NHS Improvement (TBC)

Mental health workforce growth: the challenge and the opportunity

Presentation by Health Education England

Health Education England approach to strategic workforce planning in Mental Health

Workforce planning models and sharing good practice

  • WRaPT – A strategic workforce planning tool for health and social care: the background, examples of the tool and its impact – presentation by GE Healthcare Partners Limited
  • Skills Mix modelling – presentation by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Calderdale Framework

Read our report on ‘Thriving at Work’

In February 2018, the unit organised a workshop for HR Directors. The Collaborative workshop considered how to adopt the recommendations from Thriving at Work report, commissioned by the Prime Minister and led by Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer. HR directors and staff health and wellbeing leads from the Collaborative came together to workshop strategic and operational approaches to implementing the core and enhanced standards from the Stevenson and Farmer’s report. The workshop report is intended to assist NHS organisation in measuring current practice against the recommendations, and to share good practice in developing plans to meet the Stevenson and Farmer’s recommendations.

Read the full Collaborative workshop report here.