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June - News and Events Update and Events Update



BSMHD Trustees Meeting - Tuesday 2nd July, Manchester

There will be a BSMHD Trustees meeting in Manchester on Tuesday 2nd July 2014.

Although the meeting is not open to the public, members are welcome to submit items for discussion to the General Secretary no later than Thursday 26th June.


BSMHD Basic Training course in Mental Health Interpreting - 18th July 2014, Nottingham

BSMHD are organising a Basic training course in Mental Health Interpreting led by Dr Kevin Baker and Dr Sally Austen on Friday 18th July 2014 at Nottingham Deaf Society, 22 Forest Road West, Nottingham, NG7 4EQ. 
The course is specifically aimed at those interpreters who are either newly qualified or considering working within a Mental Health context and will cover areas of ethics, positioning, appropriate signs and behaviours that are specific to the roles of Interpreters in Mental Health settings.
If you wish to attend, please contact the General Secretary for a booking form.
Closing date is Friday 11th July 2014.


DeafHealth Champions Conference - 16th October 2014, Manchester

The Deaf Health Champions project will be holding a conference at Manchester Conference Centre on Thursday 16th October 2014. This conference will be supported by SignHealth and will use their recent ‘Sick Of It’ report into the health of Deaf people as a platform for raising the awareness and profile of the health needs of deaf people and the Deaf Health Champions project within the North West Region.
The full programme which is aimed at Professionals working in Healthcare, Deaf People deaf organisations and health service providers, will be announced shortly. In the meantime, to express interest in attending the conference, please contact


The Dementia Challenge North, Continuing the Fightback - 18th September 2014, Leeds

Health and Social Care Reform and Govtoday are delighted to announce The Dementia Challenge North; due to the huge success of this event in London in April this year, this conference now moves to the North of England.

The Dementia Challenge North - Continuing the Fight Back conference is for those that live with, work with or are affected by dementia. This delegate focused event devotes maximum plenary time to the issues that really matter with updates on the latest developments in the fight against this most devastating condition.

To view the programme and booking form please visit



International Mental Health and Deafness Congress, 16th to 19th September 2014, Belfast

ESMHD are organising a 4 day  International Congress on Mental Health and Deafness in Belfast on 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th September 2014.

Further details and updates will appear on the web site at


Mental Health First Aid training - England Only

Courses are delivered in BSL/SSE by Deaf Instructors.

There are currently no courses planned, but if you would like to attend a course or get BSMHD to organise a course, please contact the General secretary.

There are now 2 types of courses available - a full 2 day 'Standard' course or a 'Lite' course of 3 hours duration.


Healthy Deaf Minds Meetings

London HDM London meetings will now be held at All Souls Clubhouse, 141 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QG, near Regents Park. Nearest tube station is Great Portland Street.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 9th July.

Entry is £5.00 (Please note that receipts are no longer being issued) which includes tea & coffee.

For further information, please contact;

Scotland - HDM Scotland meetings are held at various locations throughout Scotland.

HDM Scotland is able to continue with generous funding from Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.


Job vacancy - Clinical Nurse Specialist - Mental Health and Deafness, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS

Job Description;
The post is a specialist as the post holder is expected to provide specialist knowledge and training across the Directorate, supervising staff on an individual basis. The post holder must be able to manage a complex caseload within the speciality, with patients who are deaf and have mental health issues. The post holder will work closely with the staff providing the same service in Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS FT, to ensure a seamless regional service.

To provide up-to-date and evidence based intervention to service users who have mental health and deafness. The post holder, in collaboration with colleagues, will provide a service that holds the recovery model at its centre.

To make a contribution to the training, teaching and supervision of colleagues across the Directorate.

To contribute to research which will enhance clinical practice and develop the services for this service user group.

Develop relationships with the person and their family at the earliest possible stage and work within an evidence based framework to assist the person and families develop positive coping strategies.

To assist the person in pursuing their goals in educational, employment, voluntary work/social activities via liaison with Statutory Services.

For further information and application form please use the following link:







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