The Collaborative is a collective strength within the NHS family, which is aimed at enhancing mental health NHS workforce capacity. It is committed to support mental health and wellbeing of health and care workforce.Its work has a national focus on strategic workforce issues related to mental health.

Work area Priority focus areas
Enabling the joint review, reflection and sharing on MH & LD Workforce issues between partners Review of emerging strategy and policy documents and relevant reports Collaborative members sharing of current workforce challenges and progress Creating suitable creative ‘thinking spaces’ for Collaborative members and wider colleagues to explore and innovate in areas of issue and interest Links and Business Development and Sharing good practice
Supporting the work of the National Workforce Skills Development Unit (NWSDU) Project Collaboration and support Supporting and engaging with NWSDU Projects commissioned by HEE in 18/19 & 19/20 Scoping and mapping Primary care training in managing health issues Developing and disseminating a health framework for staff working with Children and Young People exhibiting harmful sexual behaviour Enhancing management of psychological stress and promoting systemic resilience in Health staff Supporting promotion of MH careers and developing psychology graduate career pathways Developing Good Practice in Developing New Workforce Roles Developing system leadership in Transforming Learning Disabilities care Administering the NMHWDC (Ongoing)
Workforce Design including new roles Developing approaches to access Apprenticeship levy funding to support MH training Becoming an Employer-Provider and developing apprenticeship ‘specialised’ provision Developing advance practice (new roles)
Workforce Development Good practice in the development of opportunities for staff near retirement, taking into account Mental Health officer status and Tax implication

Staff Wellbeing
Good practice in supporting staff with a positive link to improving retention and reducing sickness NWSDU Project: Enhancing management of psychological stress and promoting systemic resilience

Through our workplan, we aim to influence public debate on relevant mental health matters, to inform policy and policy commentators, and promote successes and raise national awareness of the mental health workforce issues.