The Department of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities focuses upon inter- professional multi- disciplinary education and sponsors specialist programmes to enhance the therapeutic wellbeing of people with mental illness and people with learning disabilities. Mental health care is a huge priority for the NHS. In addition, Learning disability services have been undergoing significant change. This has provided an exceptional opportunity for mental health practitioners and learning disability nurses to develop specialist roles, strengthen leadership and advance practice to improve service user and carer experiences.
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The Department manages pre- qualifying undergraduate programmes in both mental health nursing and learning disability nursing. At post- qualifying level, we provide continuing professional and personal development programmes (CPPD) in support of workforce development in NHS Foundation Trusts across London.
The involvement of service users is integral to the development and delivery of our programmes. A User Advisory Group helps to monitor and implement our service user strategy for the involvement of service users in our education and training programmes.
Currently, there are two main areas of research; the first focuses on exploring metacognitive processes in substance- related disorders (alcohol abuse and nicotine dependence) and impulse- control disorders (problem gambling) with a view of developing novel cognitive theories and treatment packages for these disorders. The second focuses on spinal cord injury, undertaken in partnership with The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. This strand of work is aimed at developing a new instrument to help nurses assess the emotional state of patients with spinal cord injury.
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The department offers a range of programmes relevant to mental health and learning disabilities.
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Head of Department
Tel: 020 7815 8022