Old age psychiatry training packs

In this section of the website you will find a set of training packs which have been developed to help improve awareness of older people’s mental health in line with HEE's Older People’s Mental Health Competency Framework.

The presentations separately cover the 3 tiers of competency levels described in line with the Competency Framework:

  • Tier 1 – Applicable to those that require general awareness and knowledge of older people’s mental health needs, and knowledge of actions to support this population. This tier encompasses all those working in health, social care, voluntary sector family members and other services who have contact with older people with or without mental health needs.
  • Tier 2 – Applicable to health and social care staff and others who regularly work with older people and older people with mental health needs but who would seek support from others for complex management or decision-making.
  • Tier 3 – Applicable to Health, social care and other professionals with a high degree of autonomy, able to provide care in complex situations and who may also lead services for older people and older people with mental health needs.

Whilst these presentations are not intended to cover every aspect of the Core Competencies Framework in Older People's Mental Health, we hope that these will save time when colleagues are developing their own training to meet their specific needs. With this aim in mind we have included no design features on the slides. We have also not developed them with older adults or referred to any local support groups.

We would encourage those who use the slides to add to the presentations and personalise them to make best use of them, using their own design templates and adapting/adding relevant information.

These presentations have been produced using the contributions made by the members of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry as well as a psychologist and a nurse.

We would like to thank the following people for their generosity in sharing their work with us and acknowledge their contributions:

  • Dr Yasmin Abbasi
  • Dr Suhana Ahmed
  • Dr Sharmi Bhattacharyya
  • Dr Sharon Hayre
  • Dr Josie Jenkinson
  • Dr Aravind Komuravelli
  • Lesley Maskery
  • Dr Tony Rao
  • Dr Kapila Sachdev
  • Dr Amanda Thompsell

The presentations have been reviewed by a lay person, a trainee and an expert in delivering training and we would like to thank Marie Doughty, Catrin Thomas and Sarah Ellis for taking the time to give us such helpful advice.

Finally our thanks to Dr Kapila Sachdev, Dr Suhana Ahmed, Dr Sharmi Bhattacharyya and Dr Amanda Thompsell for all their work in collating the information into the slide sets.

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