Would you like to improve your skills for working with patients experiencing poor mental health or emotional problems?

North Essex CCGs would like to invite you to take part in training to develop your ability to meet the challenging and complex needs of patients as well as learning techniques to help protect your own mental health.

As part of the government’s efforts to achieve parity of esteem, mental health is “a matter for all health professionals, and training programmes should be developed that will enable employers to ensure that staff have an awareness of mental health problems and how they may affect their patients” (Norman Lamb, MP).

These courses, available to practice staff in north Essex areas free of charge, are relevant to GPs, practice nurses, nurse practitioners and healthcare assistants, and some will be of interest to receptionists and practice managers. Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Each completed course will contribute towards your CPD.

Please click on the link to your CCG training page from the menu immediately below to find details of the courses available to your practice, or for further information

please email or telephone 01376 531011.



Over the coming months we will be running a blog and then a full forum for our visitors to share thoughts and ideas and other interactive programs including webinars, tutorials and e-learning. There will also be a helpful resource area, social media, and commentary. We aim to make this site as friendly and easy to use for all visitors and most importantly a valuable asset in the progress of Mental Health Education.

Geraldine Strathdee

NHS England's strategy for mental health.


The website will support delivery of the North Essex Mental Health Strategy which focuses on education, prevention and wellbeing, the promotion of recovery, and a greater integration of both physical and mental health services and those providing primary care and specialist services, specifically through:

  • Development of networks which bring professionals together to promote self-management, wellbeing and recovery, and support partnership working between voluntary and statutory services along care pathways
  • Supporting the integration of physical and mental health services by encouraging shared learning and collaboration of primary, community and secondary care practitioners
  • Expansion of the provision of mental health services in primary and community settings by widening the scope and access to mental health training, knowledge and support for primary and community care teams
  • Increasing confidence in mental health issues for primary care teams and the likelihood of staff recognising people with mental health problems, as well as improving their confidence in working to support them
  • Helping to ensure that services are oriented more closely around people’s needs, by raising awareness of and therefore improving patients’ access to a range of mental health and wellbeing statutory and non-statutory services, including services that promote recovery and inclusion in educational and vocational activities such as preventative, wellbeing and complementary services
  • Learning from best practice in mental health care