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New Psychological learning resources


NHS Education for Scotland (NES) today launches four new e-learning modules to support the Scottish Government's drive to reduce the time that patients have to wait for psychological therapy treatment.
Speaking before the launch at today's Delivering the Psychological Therapies HEAT Target Conference at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh,

Judy Thomson, Director of Training for Psychology Services at NES, said,

"These new resources are part of NES's continuing drive to provide consistent, people-centred education resources that deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. They also have a part to play in widening the skills and knowledge base of NHS staff and through this, in helping to bring down waiting times through increased capacity."

The e-learning modules are designed for a range of NHS staff, not just those working in mental health services, and are intended to widen the access to education and training in evidence-based Psychological Therapies.
Developed by NES, they cover Trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; co-occurring Substance Misuse and Mental Health Disorders; Motivational Interviewing and the 'See, Think, Act strand of Relational Security. They can be used by teams or individuals or as part of a wider education programme.

Judy Thomson said,

"E-learning is an excellent way to increase access to cost-effective training for all NHS staff. I'm sure these resources will be very well used."


Further information from: John Schofield, Corporate Communications NES 0131 656 3212

Notes to Editors:
1. The resources can be accessed by both NHSScotland and Community staff through the learnPro system.
2. Motivational Interviewing is a technique aimed at enabling a person's own motivation to bring about change, for example in substance misuse.
3. See, Think, Act is a Department of Health initiative. It is best seen as the knowledge and understanding staff have of a patient and of the environment, and the translation of that information into appropriate responses and care.
4. The NHSScotland HEAT targets are grouped into four priorities:
• Health Improvement for the people of Scotland - improving life expectancy and healthy life expectancy;
• Efficiency and Governance Improvements - continually improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the NHS;
• Access to Services - recognising patients' need for quicker and easier use of NHS services; and
• Treatment Appropriate to Individuals - ensure patients receive high quality services that meet their needs.
NES is NHSScotland's national education and training Board. We are responsible for supporting NHS services to the people of Scotland through the development and delivery of education and training for all those who work in NHSScotland. We work closely with a range of partners to deliver our vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland