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This month we look at a mental health first aider recruitment drive in Wales, an online questionaire for nurses and a new course for aspiring reseachers.
The Welsh Government and Mind Cymru are recruiting people to become trainers in mental health first aid. There are 10,000 such trainees in Wales, but there is a need to expand the numbers, especially with more men, Welsh speakers, people over 50, those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and people who consider themselves disabled. People who want to become a youth mental health first-aid instructor are also being recruited.
The University of Edinburgh has launched an innovative programme for nursing graduates in Scotland who have aspirations to become researchers. The master of nursing in clinical research course is thought to be the first in the UK to offer students experiential, practice-based learning in a clinical and healthcare based research team. It has been designed to offer graduates an equal mix of research practice attachments and theoretical and taught courses. The full-time course lasts one year and is open to students immediately after they graduate from their first degree in nursing from a Scottish institution, for September 2013 entry.
Nurse and PhD student Simon Sherring wants nurses to complete a short questionnaire on their views about mental illness in the profession. With more than 65,000 mental health nurses in the UK and one in six people experiencing mental health problems, it is likely that in excess of 10,000 of them are experiencing mental health problems at any one time. People who participate in the survey will be given feedback about the results. To complete the online questionnaire click the following link, which has been modified so that Mr Sherring can track where his respondents found out about the survey.
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