Digital inclusion: mental health technologies for people with learning disabilities #DigiMHweek

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Leen Vereenooghe summarises a recent review paper that presents the state of the evidence and future directions for digital mental health and people with intellectual disabilities.

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Mental health training programmes for non-mental health professionals

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Ian Cummins on a systematic review of mental health training programmes for non-mental health trained professionals coming into contact with people with mental ill health.

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Commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs: do they work?

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John Baker summarises a review of commonly prescribed medication that covers seven psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, amphetamines, methylphenidate and cholinesterase inhibitors.

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To deliver quality primary care, GPs should analyse their clinical case-mix, says Health Education England

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This post looks at the Health Education England report, The future of primary care, which is about recruitment and training in primary care.

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“No ‘one size fits all’ model for delivering primary care” says RAND Europe

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Summary of a report, produced by RAND Europe, exploring different models for delivering primary care, including collaboration, and how to manage change.

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Testing stress training for black and minority ethnic carers of people with dementia

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Mary Larkin finds out if a US carer support programme is effective for black and minority ethnic carers of people living with Alzhemier’s disease.

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#WeCATS Critical Appraisal Twitter Session

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Social media legend Teresa Chinn announces the launch of #WeCATS, a new WeNurses tweet chat being run in partnership with Sally Crowe from CASP, Sarah Chapman from the UK Cochrane Centre and your very own Mental Elf. We are very excited about this new critical appraisal endeavour.

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Peer-led self-management for mental health: impressive programme, not so sure about the research

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Lucy Simons and Chris Sampson appraise a recent evaluation of peer-led self-management training for people with severe mental illness.

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Enhancing resilience and social support for kinship foster care

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Susannah Bowyer summarises and critiques a Spanish study on training and support for resilience in kinship foster care, drawing out lessons for UK practice.

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Coproduction of quality standards for youth mental health in primary care

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Lisa Burscheidt reports on a mixed methods study that produced user-generated quality standards for youth mental health in primary care.

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