Seni Lewis Training Programme: Level 1 (eLearning)

Course information
28 February
Course information
28 February
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
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About the course
The Seni Lewis Training Programme is available only to SLaM staff, or those working for SLaM under NHS Professional contracts. Please contact for booking queries.

The Seni Lewis Training Programme has been designed to develop your knowledge and skills in the prevention and least restrictive management of behaviours that challenge, such as violence and aggression, in the mental healthcare context. You may be wondering how this applies to you in your role at the Trust but as you will learn a true preventative approach must be supported by every one of us.

The course is named after Olaseni Lewis who died following an incident of restraint at the Bethlem Royal Hospital in 2010. Multiple factors from across our whole system of work contributed to Seni’s death. There is learning in his story for every one of us.

The programme was developed with the support of Aji Lewis (Seni’s Mother) and in collaboration with service users, carers, and community members from the Lambeth Independent Advisory Group/ Black Thrive and clinical experts. We hope this course supports positive change for our community.

The Seni Lewis Training Programme Level 1 looks at proactive prevention strategies that aim to improve peoples quality of life and avoiding the distress, anger or frustration that can lead on to the use of more intensive or forceful interventions. Level 1 is about how we engage with our community well.

Course programme

This a blended learning course consisting of 3hrs of self directed, online learning with an assessment and a 4 hour tutor-led workshop.

There are 6 steps to completing the course

  • Pre-course Evaluation
  • Learning Journal
  • Completing Learning Module
  • Completing the live, tutor assessed workshop
  • Final Online Assessment
  • Post-course Questionnaire
Learning objectives
  • Identify ways of contributing to primary prevention in your own role
  • Understand how the historical and cultural context of the Trust and mental healthcare influences our relationship with local communities
  • Use communications skills that take a person-centred approach
  • Apply knowledge of culture and diversity in your role to improve the experience of black African and black Caribbean people
  • Understand how to apply a human rights-based approach

Course schedule

Target audience
The course is suitable for all staff at SLaM, and those working on NHSP contracts. It is part of the mandatory training policy at the trust. Staff are required to be certified as compliant on an annual basis. This means that your certificate will run out one year after you have completed the course and you will be notified to retake the course
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Discounted rates are available for group bookings. Please contact us for more information. Maudsley Learning has a full range of courses to meet the needs of your organisation. Most can be delivered to you flexibly and tailored to your requirements.

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