8th January 2001




A project to help the NHS develop its mental health services across Yorkshire and the North of England will be launched in Hull at the end of this month.


The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is one of three partner organisations behind ‘Making It Happen’, a project whose aim is to help improve and modernise mental health services in the NHS Northern and Yorkshire region.


Together with the Northern Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental health (SCMH), ULH is to provide new learning sets and access to on-line resources and support through its Virtual Campus.


The learning sets will run for a year from 29th January 2001 and will provide learning opportunities for participants such as mental health directors, medical directors and directors of nursing.


‘Making It Happen’ will be launched on Monday 29th January at the Dennison Centre on Cottingham Road, where Paul O’Halloran (SCMH), Martin Brown (NCMH) and Derek Crothall, Pro Vice Chancellor at ULH, will lead a day-long introduction to the learning set programme.


The event will begin at 9.30am and will conclude at 5pm after the first meeting of the learning sets (2pm until 5pm).


“This innovative project links learning with organisational change,” explained Pam Blackman, Director of Continuing Professional Development in the Faculty of Social and Life Sciences at ULH.


“Each participant will be assisted to develop a learning contract which will be assessed and transferred into the workplace.”


Twenty-two trusts, 23 social services departments and 30 primary care groups in the Northern and Yorkshire region will be invited to send staff to participate. Another rolling programme of learning sets will commence in September 2001, bringing the total number of participants by the end of the project’s first year to 240.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042


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