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BSMHD Advanced Training course in Mental Health Interpreting - 28th/29th June 2014, Manchester

BSMHD are organising an Advanced training course in Mental Health Interpreting led by Robyn Dean, CI/CT. MA, Heriot Watt University, David Wolfenden, RSLI and experienced Mental Health interpreter practitioner and Professor Robert (Bob) Pollard, University of Rochester School of Medicine, USA. and Director of Wellness Centre, Rochester USA.

The dates are Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June 2014 and the venue is Manchester Deaf Centre, Booth Street West, Manchester.

The course is aimed at those interpreters who are working within a Mental Health context, either as freelancers or staff, and is designed to recognise and highlight the significant contribution interpreters make to the clinical team and will qualify for Continuing Professional Development points.

To register, please E-mail the General Secretary. Closing date for bookings is Friday 20th June 2014.


Tackline Long -Term Conditions; Coordinating Care, Delivering Imporvements - 29th May 2014, London

Open Forum Events are pleased to announce they will be running a National Tackling Long-Term Conditions conference and exhibition at Cavendish Conference Centre, London. The event will explore how to drive improvements in care, coordinate services to achieve quality outcomes and help make life better for people with long term conditions.

Reasons to attend:

There is a specific mandate for NHS England to demonstrate measurable progress, against indicators in the NHS Outcomes Framework, in tackling long-term conditions. Enhancing the quality of life for people with on-going health problems is a key objective across six key improvement areas:

- Ensuring people feel supported to manage their condition.
- Improving functional ability in people with long-term conditions.
- Reducing the time spent in hospital by people with long-term conditions.
- Enhancing the quality of life for carers
- Enhancing the quality of life for people with mental illness.
- Enhancing quality of care for people with dementia.

To view the programme and booking form please visit


International Congress on Mental Health and Deafness – 17th to 19th September 2014, Belfast

The European Society for Mental Health and Deafness (ESMHD) are currently in the planning stage for a 3 day  International Congress on Mental Health and Deafness in Belfast on 17th, 18th and 19th September 2014.

If you are interested in delivering a paper, running a seminar or exhibiting, please let the General Secretary know as soon as possible.

Further details will appear on the web site at


IntegratedHealth and Social Care: Collaboration & Cooperation - 20th May 2014, London.

Health and Social Reform and Govtoday are delighted to announce Integrating Health and Social Care. This conference will set out why collaboration and integration is crucial for sustainable care; delegates will be updated on the policies, strategies and opportunities that can benefit their work.

Confirmed speakers include                                                                                                                    

 -Dr Ian Walton, Mental Health Lead, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG

- Lisa Hill, Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead, Sandwell Integrated Primary Care Mental health and Wellbeing Service.

For further information and a booking form, please contact;
Rhys Yates, Marketing Executive
Tel: + 44 (0) 161 686 5584


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 April.

The theme of the evening is 'LOSS' with Paul Fletcher and Pauline Latchem.

‘LOSS’ could cover divorce, isolation, friendship/ family break up, confused, finding it hard to move on, job redundancy, home repossession (or council homes/ private rent kick out), theft and so on!

We will try to find common ground and address the issues that the Deaf community are faced with.

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.


Publication: "Mental Health and Deafness - Professional Perspectives on Deafness, Evidence and Applications"

This book, authored by Margaret DuFeu and Cathy Chovaz is written for clinicians such as family doctors, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers who have relatively little experience of working with D/deaf children and adults.

It is available from Amazon (priced at £24.23) and Oxford University Press.  ISBN 978-0-19-986075-3






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