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New programme helps mental health practitioners to improve communication with patients

Louise Garrahan, 1 April 2021
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A new e-learning programme to help health and care professionals who support people with mental health needs by improving their communication skills to de-escalate difficult situations has been developed by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and HEE Global Engagement.

Communication Skills for the Mental Health Practitioner was originally developed as a face to face course for nurses in West Bengal, India and the pre-reading materials have now been re-designed into 4 online sessions comprising the following topics:

  • Session 1: Principles and strategies in communication
  • Session 2: Verbal de-escalation techniques
  • Session 3: Reducing restrictive practice – communication during physical restraint
  • Session 4: Reducing restrictive practice – communication during chemical restraint

The programme also features workshop materials for learners to access ahead of future face to face workshops.

It is intended that the e-learning and teaching materials within this programme are used together to support experienced mental health professionals to deliver a 2 day training session – 1 day e-learning and 1 day face to face training.

On completion of the programme, learners will understand the principles of communication and will have made plans about how to use these skills in their workplace.
For more information and to access the e-learning programme, visit the Communication Skills for the Mental Health Practitioner programme page or emailĀ ge@hee.nhs.uk.

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