The teaching materials have been developed according to a curriculum that was collaboratively agreed between Primary Care GP Mental Health leads in East London (Dr. Rhiannon England, Dr. Judith Littlejohn and Dr. Lise Hertel), a senior people participation lead from ELFT (Paul Binfield), the Director of Nursing from ELFT (Professor Jonathan Warren) and Professor Frank Röhricht, Associate Medical Director ELFT, who is leading the ongoing / evolving project work for this site. The project was funded by the Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL) and supported by Dr. Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director Mental Health, NHS England. 

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) is committed to developing integrated mental health care pathways across traditional primary and secondary care boundaries. One of the main priorities identified in achieving this goal is related to enhancing the knowledge and skill base for primary care practitioners on recognition, diagnosis, treatment and care pathways of psychiatric disorders. This programme was put together by clinical experts in partnership with service user representatives in order to ensure a strong emphasis on social inclusion through adherence to recovery care principles.

Clinical Risk Assessment & Management Emergencies

  • Self harm/suicide
  • Risk to others
  • Psychiatric Emergencies
  • Classroom cases vingettes SH /suicide prevention

Common Mental Health Problems

  • non-pharmacological treatment of anxiety/depression in PC somatoform disorder and MUS
  • substance misuse

Severe & Enduring Mental Disorders

  • Early Detection and Intervention & Personality Disorders
  • Principles of SMI-LTC management for Psychosis (embedded with prescribing teaching tools)

Psychiatric Prescribing for Moderate /Severe MI

  • Powerpoint plus audio podcast/overview, practical guidelines and good practice of psychotropic prescribing: antidepressant, antipsychotics, mood stabilisers, tranquilisiers

Therapeutic Engagement & Social Psychiatry

  • Introducing the meaning of recovery/What does recovery mean to me/What helps me to recover
  • Do's and don'ts in good MH care
  • Combating stigma
  • Perinatal MH prescribing

Training Material for Practice & District Nurses

  • Clinical Risk/Emergencies
  • SMI/Prescribing
  • Recovery care/stigma/social inclusion
ELFT clinicians in cooperation with external stakeholders / education providers (e.g. Community Education Provider Network / CEPN in City & Hackney) will deliver the programme, particularly drawing upon teaching expertise from academic partners. 

ELFT has well established strategic partnerships with local Care Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities and NHS England, piloting new ways of jointly providing mental health and social care for patients with more severe and enduring mental disorders.

The Trust has a strong track record in research, teaching and innovation and the Trust Board has approved a long term strategy and business case, setting a mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England by 2020. The broad nature of this strategy aligns with existing national programmes (QIPP) as well as work being undertaken in the wider healthcare economy (e.g. improving population health and value for money). The Trust has university status, is a member organisation of UCL Partners, and has productive partnerships with the academic institutions (mainly the University of London, City University and South Bank University).

The Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry was established in 1997 and has an internationally renowned research group is supported by ELFT and Queen Mary, University of London. In 2012, it became a designated Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organisation (one of only 18 mental health related WHO Collaborating Centers in Europe and the only one specifically for Mental Health Services Development in the world).
Training practitioners
The teaching/training tools for modular events are representative of the training needs of a wide range of primary health and social care practitioners (with specific focus on GPs in order to complement the existing UCLPartner Mental Health Training Programme with its primary focus on nursing staff).

Fostering Recovery
The training is aiming to  promote practitioners skills in facilitation of recovery oriented mental health care for patients with mild to moderate mental health problems; it will enable clinicians to recognise and manage signs of complex and/or severe mental disorders and enable them to effectively communicate, engage and deal with service users.  

Teaching Methodology
The modular nature of the training programme will enable clinicians to choose from a portfolio of basic and generic knowledge and skills to advanced learning master-class events. The preferred teaching methodology is experiential. Great emphasis will be put on practice based learning, involving support from service users.

Recovery Stories


Clinical speciality:

Community Health Services