Essential shared capabilities for the whole of the mental health workforce: bringing the educators into the frame

Anderson, Jill and Burgess, Hilary (2009) Essential shared capabilities for the whole of the mental health workforce: bringing the educators into the frame. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 4 (3). pp. 21-29. Full text not available from this repository.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/17556228200900022

Abstract

Recent drives to modernise the mental health workforce have been led (in England) by initiatives such as New Ways of Working and informed by the Ten Essential Shared Capabilities (10 ESCs) (Department of Health, 2004), reflected elsewhere in the UK. Learning materials have been developed to support these and educators encouraged to embed them within curricula. Yet, little has been said about how such principles could or should apply to the practice of mental health educators themselves. Higher education plays a crucial part in shaping tomorrow's practitioners; yet educators can receive scant mention when workforce initiatives are launched. Here, then, we consider the 10 ESCs, examining how these might be put into practice in a higher education context. The pedagogic rationale for this perspective is discussed in terms of Biggs' (2003) concept of ‘constructive alignment’, Ward's (1999) ‘matching principle’ and Eraut's (1994) analysis of ‘professional education’. Reconceptualising higher education educators as a part (albeit semi-detached) of the mental health workforce may help us move beyond a ‘tick-box’ approach - exploring not only whether the 10 ESCs are reflected in the content of curricula, but how they are embodied within teaching teams.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN: 1755-6228
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Health, Psychology and Social Studies
Pre 2016 Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Lifelong and Interprofessional Learning
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 15:07
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 09:34
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1194

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