Access and attitudes to mental health nurse education webinar

Student nurses

13 / 11 / 2020

Watch our recent webinar which supported the launch of a new report from the Nuffield Trust, commissioned by NHS Employers and the Mental Health Network, which explores how we can attract more people, from a broad range of backgrounds, to study mental health nursing.    

It’s absolutely vital that the health service must have access to a strong pipeline of talent into mental health nursing. That means taking steps such as reducing barriers to entering the profession, including:

  • Developing system-wide detailed plans, based in part on local demographics, for the capacity that should be provided for each of the routes into mental health nursing, ensuring this is supported with additional, high-quality placements.
  • Coordinating efforts to provide access to positive personal experiences of and exposure to mental health services and staff, including by sharing good practice on: work experience and shadowing and volunteering opportunities; and practising nurses’ involvement in outreach work with local schools and college.


  • Daniel Mortimer, Acting Chief Executive, NHS Confederation, Chair of the Panel.
  • Sean Duggan, Chief Executive, Mental Health Network.
  • William Palmer, Senior Fellow, Nuffield Trust.
  • Jane Padmore, Executive Director of Quality and Safety (Executive Nurse), Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and board member of the Mental Health Network.

Access the Nuffield Trust's slides for the webinar.

The report, Laying Foundations: Attitudes and access to mental health nurse education provides recommendations span the health and care and educational systems and are relevant to a number of regional partnerships and local bodies involved in the training and recruitment of our mental health nursing workforce.

Download the report to find out more.

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