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Personality Disorder ‘call to action’

Cholena Mountain, National Lead for the Personality Disorder Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) recently received a personal invitation from the Rt Hon. Norman Lamb, MP to the launch of The Consensus statement for people with complex mental health difficulties who are diagnosed with a personality disorder. This was an invitation-only event and acknowledged IMH as the national provider for personality disorder training.

The Consensus statement launched a ‘call to action’ which emphasised the disadvantages people with personality disorder still face within the NHS and wider society and highlighted the significant shortfalls present in current service provision. This report and others emphasise the challenges of diagnosis and assessment methods and the essential need for KUF training. The training IMH provides recognises that professionals and service users are looking for new ways to talk about the challenges of living with personality disorder and for alternative terminology to be found. Read more about the Consensus on the BBC website.
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PsychStart - career-based mentoring scheme for medical students

PsychStart is a career-based mentoring scheme at The University of Nottingham (UoN) Medical School for medical students who are interested in psychiatry. It was launched in January 2018. Its primary aim is to encourage and inspire medical students that are interested in psychiatry.

It has been founded by Tom Hewson (Final year medical student at UoN) and Dr Nikki Thomas (Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Teaching Fellow), with the support of Mind Matters (UoN Psychiatry Society), Nottingham Medical School, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and the Institute of Mental Health. The scheme is also currently being further developed in partnership with University of Nottingham's Student as Change Agents scheme, which supports and empowers student projects that enhance teaching and learning.

Tom Hewson explains, “The Royal College of Psychiatrists are fully supporting this initiative and have been helping us to promote PsychStart on social media. They are keen for us to share this practice, and I have already received correspondence from Psychiatrists in Wales, Manchester and Newcastle who are interested in establishing PsychStart at their respective medical schools. We hope that this scheme will inspire and support our students in their personal and professional development, whilst also showcasing the fantastic range of opportunities available within Psychiatry and within the East Midlands.”

Read more: PsychStart - career-based mentoring scheme for medical students

Celebrating and promoting the work of psychiatry trainees – IMH awards the 2017 Duncan MacMillan Essay Prize

IMH has recently awarded the 2017 Duncan MacMillan Essay Prize for psychiatry trainees in the UK. The competition sought essay entries on ‘The next big thing in psychiatry research’. The winner was Dr Zehra Zaidi, Core Trainee Year 1 (working in Bridgend, Wales) and the second prize went to Dr Jon Gibson, Core Trainee Year 2 (Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust).

Professor Martin Orrell presented the prizes at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Trent Division) Annual Conference 2017 on 22 November.

Nottingham cements reputation as leader in cognition

Professor Roshan das Nair, a Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology at the Institute of Mental Health, has been awarded a £75,000 grant has been awarded the money by the MS Society to fund vital research in multiple sclerosis (MS).

The money will go towards developing a new NHS pathway that will help clinicians to identify and manage cognitive problems in people with MS. 100,000 people in the UK have the condition, which can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel.

Read more: Nottingham cements reputation as leader in cognition

The social media story of recovery

Hundreds of delegates from across the world attended the international Refocus on Recovery Conference 2017, hosted by the Institute in Nottingham this September. A selection of social media posts made by delegates at the conference can now be seen on Storify.

IMH at the Mental Health and Policing Conference: 5 September - Oxford

Supporting mental health and wellbeing in the police service

Whether trying to look after your own officers or the welfare of people in the community, the Institute of Mental Health can provide all your training and research needs.

We bring together the NHS and leading academics to work with criminal justice partners providing specialist training and research including welfare support and personality disorder awareness training.

Our Centre for Health and Justice is the lead and founder member of the Better Policing Collaborative (BPC), a partnership of universities and constabularies focused on evidence based policing across England and Wales and internationally.

The BPC is driving innovation through research in public protection, mental ill health among officers, abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people, radicalisation, violent offending and offender management.

How we can help ....

Our service portfolio for the police service

Personality disorder training - awareness training for all front line staff

Welfare support / peer support - for officers by officers

Evaluation and Research support - enabling you to make the right deicisons about your policies and services

IMH Centre for Health and Justice - building a the evidence basefor a new generation of services

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Read all the social media messages produced on mental health and policing at the conference on our Storify link.


Funding boost for national mental health tech centre

A further five years of developing ground-breaking technology applications to help with people’s mental health and wellbeing are guaranteed following a national funding announcement.

The MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC), based at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham, has been awarded £1.3 million by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to continue its cutting edge work for the next 5 years.

MindTech is a national centre focused on the development, adoption and evaluation of new technologies for mental healthcare and dementia. It was established in 2013 and brings together healthcare professionals, researchers, industry and the public.

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Read more: Funding boost for national mental health tech centre

Co-chair role on global healthcare guide

Professor Jon Arcelus, Professor of Mental Health and Transgender Health, based at the Institute of Mental Health and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health has been appointed as co-chair of a global guide for the healthcare of transgender people.

Read more: Co-chair role on global healthcare guide

Increasing access to the best evidence

Researchers at the Institute of Mental Health, based at The University of Nottingham, have created a one-step process of getting the best research evidence directly into Wikipedia – helping all those seeking information on their health condition and treatment.

Students working within the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group, based at the Institute of Mental Health, have developed the SEED (Systematic EvidEnce Dissemination) programme – a function which automatically places tables of research findings into the relevant Wikipedia pages.

The swift process is enhanced by an additional feature which aims to simplify some of the language used so it is more accessible to a public audience.

Read more: Increasing access to the best evidence

Proposed IMH Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights

Plans are underway to establish a Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights based at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham

The focus of the centre will be both national and international and we are establishing close links with the World Health Organisation. To that end, Martin Orrell, Mike Slade and Peter Bartlett had an encouraging and productive meeting with the WHO in the spring.

The centre would cover human rights issues in relation to mental health, mental capacity and intellectual disability. The work of the new Centre would be of especial relevance if a new and revised UK Mental Health Act is forthcoming.

Read more: Proposed IMH Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights

Nottingham People’s Choir

The aim of the choir is to promote health and well-being through the joy of singing. Singers welcome but ability to sing is not required!

The choir is fun, helping people to build confidence and find friendship. The choir welcomes adults aged 16 and onwards, particularly older and disabled people and people from diverse backgrounds. It meets every Thursday, 1-2pm, during school term-time. 

Read more: Nottingham People’s Choir

Funding for new ADHD test

The NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East Midlands with support from the NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) have helped fund a test to assess Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Read more: Funding for new ADHD test

New tool developed to help assess carers' quality of life

Dr Deborah de Oliveira, a research fellow at the University of Nottingham, has published a unique scale to measure the subjective quality of life of older family carers of people living with dementia.

Read more: New tool developed to help assess carers' quality of life