Survey shows greatest improvement in public attitudes to mental health in a decade

Time to Change, October 2014

New data shows public attitudes towards mental illness have improved significantly with the biggest annual improvement in the last decade taking place in 2013. However, there is still more work to be done to end life-limiting stigma and discrimination.

Click here for further information and to download the report.

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Health Education England Widening Participation Strategy

Health Education England, August 2014

Health Education England  (HEE) is pleased to share their proposed ‘Widening Participation: It Matters’ strategy. The strategy sets out the context and drivers for the strategy, proposed goals and the initial set of actions that they believe are needed in order to build up and progress efforts to ensure a diverse, talented and inclusive workforce.

Before finalising this strategy they would really welcome your feedback to check the relevance of the strategy and the actions indicated. Please do take an opportunity to review the strategy and complete a short survey to capture your feedback. The consultation period will run from 26th August until 30th September 2014. All feedback received will be reviewed and any common points reflected in the final draft of the strategy.  The strategy will then go forward for HEE Board approval in October 2014.

Click here to download the consultation draft of the Widening Participation Strategy and to access the online survey.

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Widening Participation Strategy

Health Education North West, July 2014

Health Education England have now developed a strategy and it is currently subject to internal governance approval procedures before publication can be made.  At North West level it is envisaged that a planning meeting for those organisational leads with responsibility for widening participation in healthcare organisations and education institutions will be called for late September, to explore how best to collaborate and advance the priorities that have been identified.

If your role involves supporting widening participation activities and you are interested in receiving more details about this meeting then please contact Mike.Farrell@nw.hee.nhs.uk