Closing the gap
This two-day course covers all aspects of having health change conversations in Primary Care using motivational interviewing skills.
Primary care services are at the frontline of managing the physical health needs of individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI). Motivational interviewing training in primary care can be effective at improving patient outcomes and is well-suited to improving the physical health of individuals with SMI through exploring ambivalence and supporting positive behaviour change.
Closing the Gap is one of eight UKRI funded mental health research networks, with a focus on improving health and reducing inequalities in those with severe mental illness (SMI). Maudsley Learning, with collaborators from Kings College London, has been awarded a research grant from the Closing the Gap Network to develop and evaluate a simulation training programme for primary care services.
The project will deliver and evaluate a training programme to support helpful health change conversations with individuals with SMI.
The dates for the course are the following, please ensure you complete a separate booking for day 1 training and day 2 training.
- Day 1 training: 01/11/2021 OR 11/11/2021
- Day 2 training: 16/11/2021 OR 17/11/2021 OR 18/11/2021
After taking this course, you will be able to:
- Identify key principles of motivational interviewing
- Develop basic skills in techniques seen in motivational interviewing
- Practice ways of asking questions and speaking with clients to bring about behavioural change
- Recognise where a person is in the circle of change.
Participants will attend a 20-minute pre-assessment, a two-day course* and a 20-minute post-assessment as part of the research and evaluation.
Day One Interactive Session looking at how to have effective health change conversation using the skills from Motivational interviewing. There will be a series of videos and remote teaching looking at some basic skills to start the conversations about making health changes and wellbeing. There will be a focus on those patients who might also have underlying mental health conditions.
Day Two A virtual simulation day to embed new knowledge and skills with a series of simulated real-life scenarios using actors as simulated patients. There will be a structured debrief to help draw out the skills developed on day one. The evaluation will measure the impact of the training on clinician attitudes and empathy towards service-users with severe mental illness, alongside observable changes in their communication skills.
*Please note you need to have completed day one to join day two.
Contact us for bulk booking discounts on group bookings of more than 5.
We are able to offer custom-made programs, whether digital or face to face, to meet the education and training needs of your organisation in the UK or internationally. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your requirements and develop a proposal.
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