This Training program includes a three-hour module (face to face or via ZOOM or TEAMS). It is divided into bite size pieces so delivery can be split into separate sessions. It has been written by a nurse expert in the subject and focusses on preparing primary care practices to offer health checks for people with SMI. The need for follow up and support after the initial health check is emphasised. It is hoped that participants will feel inspired and encouraged to take on the responsibility, and that any negative attitudes are dispelled. The specific objectives are for the participant to:
- Understand how a person is affected by severe mental illness
- Know how to work with a person with severe mental illness
- Recognize relapse in mental health
- Be aware of the physical health issues in severe mental illness
- Consider how to make appointments accessible
- Be able to monitor physical health in severe mental illness
- Appreciate the importance of supporting behavior change
The training will be provided as a train-the-trainer (TTT) program. TTT refers to a program of education where practitioners receive training on a defined subject and instruction on how to train, monitor, and supervise other professionals. A training toolkit will be supplied, including a power point presentation, participant handout, trainer handout, training schedule and evaluation forms, this will be delivered by Dr Sheila Hardy on behalf of Charlie Waller Trust. Charlie Waller Trust is a charity which provides free education to staff in schools, universities, and primary care. It is anticipated that two nurses will be trained from each of the four primary care networks.
Training will be delivered to practice staff during PLT sessions or at other times if this is more convenient. There are several ways that the trainers will deliver the training:
- Arrange classroom sessions. Large numbers can be trained at one time, training sessions are delivered quickly, and staff meet people from other areas. This can also be delivered via ZOOM or TEAMS.
- Short sessions in practice (one practice or groups of practices). These can be fitted into lunch breaks and PLT sessions. Being in a small group enhances learning and team support and trainers are often more confident to deliver this way.
Trainers will be able to access the CWT trainer for individual advice as part of the TTT delivery. They will get support from the WORTH project team in the form of action learning sets bi-monthly for four sessions (face to face or via ZOOM or TEAMS). The purpose of the action learning sets is to enable the trainers to learn from each other’s experience and find ways to deal with issues in training and health check delivery. They will also be able to contact the WORTH project team with individual queries.
To enhance their willingness to undertake the role and increase the likelihood of providing the same level of care from individual practices, the practitioners delivering the health checks will be visited by their trainer. The trainer will check they are able to put their training into practice and offer assistance as appropriate. The practitioners can also access advice and support from the trainers and members of the WORTH project at other times by contacting them by email.