MVA times for 2020

All MVA courses that run at Duncan Macmillan house will now start at 09:00hrs, instead of 09:30  the normal finishing times will not be affected

These include Breakaways, Half day & full day courses.

All the MVA courses 2 day updates, Bank Blocks, AMH blocks, health issues and all the 5 day courses.

Also the PSTS (Conflict resolution)

This has happened to allow the MVA department to meet the New Restraint reduction Standards that will come in to affect in 2020.

There will be flexibility at the start of the year due to the times changing. We hope this will not impact on people’s attendance to the MVA department.

Emails have been sent out from L@OD to inform you of these changes.

Any concerns please do not hesitate to contact the MVA department on 0115 969 1300 Ext 14990 or Email:

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Trust recruiting trainees through Nursing Associate programme

June 2019 presented us with the opportunity to recruit even more trainees due to the success of the new trainee Nursing Associate programme for our internal unregistered staff.

These opportunities are to sit within the Adult Mental Health, and IDD teams, and with the support of the management teams, the advert was advertised for 20 trainees covering each service.

Following the advert going live on NHS jobs, we received over 310 applications from staff with the relevant experience, who were then shortlisted and asked to attend an interview with representatives from clinical staff, academic partners from University of Derby, current trainees, and service user over a period of three days The support given by these individuals was invaluable to the recruitment process, and we are now in the process of informing the successful candidates that they will commence their employment and studies from September 2019.

The successful appointments all have a wealth of expertise and experience in either AMH or IDD/LD services, external to the Trust, but managers are confident that recruiting these trainees, will enhance patient care, as well as become advocates for this new role which is being rolled out across the nursing services, both locally and nationally.

On appointment to the Trust, the Trainees are supported in the clinical environments by both the ward teams, as well as the Clinical Educators from L&OD, to ensure a successful transition to becoming a Nursing Associate, and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

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Recovery and Wellbeing Conference 2019

Nearly 100 delegates from around various NHS Foundation Trusts, Recovery Organisations and colleagues from Ireland and Germany met at the Mike Harris Conference Learning and Organisational Development Centre at Rampton Hospital, Nottinghamshire on Monday 17th June 2019 to attend the 4th Forensic Services Recovery and Wellbeing Conference.  This year the focus was From Recovery Principles to Values Based Practice.

The aim of these successful annual events is to share experience, shared practices and to also celebrate the hard work that staff and colleagues do for patients by showcasing displays and workshops.

One of the highlights of the conference are the critical debates and this year it was asking delegates to consider if they were for or against developing individual advanced statements for the management of violence and aggression in Forensic Services before hearing the lively debate between two of our guest speakers.  After hearing both sides, the audience were asked if their opinion had changed after hearing both sides; very lively debates ensued with interesting results!

Each year, the conferences become more successful because we listen to the evaluation feedback and take suggestions forward to make our future events more engaging, interactive and energised. We are now looking forward to planning 2020’s Conference to celebrate another upcoming year of excellent Recovery work!

If you would like more information on the Trust’s Recovery and Wellbeing initiative and the training courses that we facilitate, please e-mail

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