Aimed at those working across health and social care settings, and beyond, this framework is designed to enable individuals, their teams and managers identify and understand the values, knowledge and skills expected of them in mental health improvement and the prevention of self-harm or suicide. It will also help identify gaps or strengths in staff knowledge and skills. The framework articulates the knowledge and skills required across 4 levels of practice: informed, skilled, enhanced and specialist.
The resources on this site have been co-produced by NHS Education for Scotland and Public Health Scotland to support the implementation of Scotland’s Public Health Priorities for Mental Health, Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027; and Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan – Every Life Matters.
They will support staff across the public sector and beyond to develop the knowledge and skills needed to promote good mental health and wellbeing across the whole population and to prevent mental ill health, self-harm or suicide. It is also about improving the quality and length of life for people who experience mental ill health and addressing the inequalities people can face.
Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan ‘Every Life Matters’ (1) outlined ' Action 2 - The Scottish Government will fund the creation and implementation of refreshed mental health and suicide prevention training by May 2019. The National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) will support delivery across public and private sectors and, as a first step, will require that alongside the physical health training NHS staff receive, they will now receive mental health and suicide prevention training' (SGHD, 2018).
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and Public Health Scotland (PHS) were commissioned by Scottish Government through the (NSPLG) to take forward a programme of work to support the implementation of Action 2 with the first outputs being delivered in Spring 2019.
We welcome the opportunity to share the developments over the last few years with you, during which time educational delivery required to be more responsive and adaptive for online delivery.
The framework articulates the knowledge and skills required across 4 levels of practice : informed, skilled, enhanced and specialist. These are based on the nature and frequency of contact staff have with people who may be at risk of, or affected by, mental ill health, self-harm or suicide
The Framework outlines knowledge and skills across six domains as follows:
This webinar from early 2020 explores the wider health and social factors influencing mental health, including the impact of Covid-19 and showcases the NES and PHS learning resources related to the skilled level of the Mental Health Improvement and Suicide Prevention Knowledge and Skills Framework.
This plan has been developed jointly by NES and NHS Health Scotland to inform the planning and delivery of education and learning on mental health improvement and suicide prevention. It should be viewed as an iterative document which will be continually revised and further developed. Due to the diverse nature and size of the health and social care, and wider workforce this plan applies to, a phased approach will be adopted in identifying and responding to learning and development needs. It links to the Knowledge and Skills Framework for Mental Health Improvement and Suicide Prevention, also found on this page.
You can access the Workforce Development Plan on the NES Corporate Website.
Find our new set of learning bytes on the Skilled level page. They cover Promoting Mental Health, Supporting People in Distress and Crisis, Supporting People at Risk of Self Harm and Supporting Recovery and Quality of Life for People Living with Mental Ill Health. Learning Byte 3: Supporting People at Risk of Suicide is coming soon.
The MHI&SP team have put together a Microsoft SWAY document which contains information and links to the resources we have created and added to Turas Learn.
You can use this SWAY document to pass along information of our resources to colleagues or other individuals.