23rd April 2001

 

HEALTH MINISTER GIVES THUMBS UP TO PROJECT

 

John Hutton, the Minister for Health, has endorsed a project led by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside to help improve and modernise mental health services in the NHS Northern and Yorkshire region.

 

‘Making It Happen’ was launched in Hull in January by ULH and its partners, the Northern Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (SCMH). The innovative project provides new learning sets and access to on-line resources and support through its Virtual Campus.

 

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

 

At present 40 mental health senior managers are participating in the learning sets, and further intakes of 40 participants are planned for September 2001 and January 2002. 

 

“During the pilot phase the project has received a great deal of interest from within the NHS, and this university is developing a reputation for innovative partnership working using new technologies,” said Pam Blackman, Director of Continuing Professional Development in the university’s Faculty of Social and Life Sciences.

 

Now ‘Making It Happen’ has been cited as an example of good practice by the

Department of Health Workforce Action Team. In a new report * John Hutton, the Minister of Health, endorses the project as an example of good practice in the

National Service Framework implementation.

 

* ‘The Workforce Planning Education and Training Underpinning Programme; Adult

Mental Health Services’

 

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Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

 

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