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Resources developed by the National Workforce Skills Development Unit

Perinatal mental health competency framework

The unit was commissioned to develop a national competency framework for the perinatal workforce and to survey existing and planned perinatal mental health training across England, against the competencies in the perinatal competency. A Perinatal Competency Framework is available on: e-Learning for Health:

Enhancing the management of psychological distress and promoting systemic resilience

The project considered approaches to psychological stress, with a focus on chronic stress. A framework was developed focusing on organisational rather than individual resilience. The interactive pdf of the framework can be found on the HEE website:

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

This project started in 2016/2017 in direct response to a number of the Lenehan “These are our children” review recommendations. The aim was to develop a strategic workforce planning framework to support workforce development in the 49 Transforming Care Partnerships.

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

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children had already developed a Harmful Sexual Behaviour Framework, the project developed this framework to be more inclusive of health staff and to develop a set of practical resources to support health staff dealing with HSB issues. The resources can be found here:

Good practice in developing new workforce roles

The project developed a practical guide to developing new roles which draws from the evidence and is aimed at service and workforce planners. The toolkit can be found on HEE website: The PDF version can be downloaded here:

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

The project created an e-learning product for front line services and A&E staff that shows how reflective practice can be used when working with frequent service attenders, allowing staff to better understand their needs. Product is available on: the e-Learning for Health:

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

Working with services that provide support to children and young people with learning difficulties and/or autism, the project established two ‘Group Relations’ events for two geographical systems to enhance system leadership capacity.

Review of Mental Health e-learning

This project, commissioned by the Technology Enhanced Learning department at Health Education England, is reviewing existing Mental Health e-learning content available through the e-Learning for Healthcare portal.

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

The project developed and is delivering a training on the emotional impact of long-term conditions and on how to direct patients with long term conditions to the appropriate psychological services, particularly IAPT. The resources can be found here:

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

This project was a component of a larger evaluation commissioned by Health Education England to explore issues regarding advanced clinical practice roles in NHS Trusts in London. 

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

This project developed a bespoke leadership programme for aspiring leaders in mental health at band 6, with intention to promote development opportunities for mental health practitioners and improve retention amongst this key group.

Framework for graduate mental health nurse preceptorship

This project will develop a framework for the professional development of the graduate mental health nurse in the period following preceptorship which is linked to London CapitalNurse Career Framework.

Retention of experienced nurses

This project will provide a set of recommendations for revised employment HR processes and priorities within two mental health trusts, with likely relevance for the other 8 trusts in north central London, specifically, around retire and return and flexible working.

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