ALL NHS STAFF FROM BARNET, ENFIELD, HARINGEY, CAMDEN AND ISLINGTON TRUSTS ARE WELCOMED. THE TRAINING IS INTENDED FOR GPS, NURSES, PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATES AND HEALTHCARE ASSISTANTS WHO ENCOUNTER ADULT PATIENTS DIAGNOSED WITH LTCS SUCH AS DIABETES, COPD AND ARTHRITIS. IT’S ALSO APPROPRIATE FOR CLINICIANS WHO SEE PATIENTS WHERE THE MEDICAL CAUSE OF THE SYMPTOMS HAS NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED AND THE UNCERTAINTY CAN BE DISTRESSING FOR CLINICIANS AND PATIENTS ALIKE.
Supporting good mental health in your patients with Long-Term Conditions: Achieving High Quality Care and Reducing Service Demand
Two-thirds of people suffering from long-term physical health conditions (LTCs) also experience mental health problems. This impacts patients and the staff caring for them.
Delivered by clinicians from the Tavistock & Portman Clinic and local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, this training seeks to support you in thinking about the links between physical and mental health in the management of patients with LTCs.
Through teaching and interactive methods, we will explore barriers to asking about mental health in brief consultations, think about links between mind and body, and learn ways to talk straightforwardly with patients about how their LTC might affect their mood or vice versa. There will be space for smaller group discussion where we will think about the stresses of the work and the challenges of complex consultations. We will also consider how to position a potential referral for psychological support in a way that is acceptable to patients, providing tools and techniques that are realistic and practical.
What will be covered?
Feeling “good enough”: Recognising the work we are already doing
Your view from the frontline: What makes the work challenging
“Opening a can of worms”: Barriers to talking about mental health in brief consultations
Finding the language: Talking straightforwardly about the links between our minds and our bodies
Discussing a referral for psychological support: Helping patients understand how psychological services can help them cope with distressing physical conditions
Supporting ourselves: Thinking about staff support in your setting
Lunch will be provided.