Positive Mental Training in the NHS
NHS Primary Care
Our training is Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) accredited. Positive Mental Training, used clinically in the NHS, is an evidence based, supervised self help, psychotherapeutic programme for emotional distress. Through watching a short video once, then listening to a sequence of audio tracks, the mind and body can learn how to increase relaxation, experiential thinking (stepping back), access to positive memories, confidence and problem solving skills.
It is safe, easy to use and available in CDs, mp3s downloads or an IOS or Android app ‘Feeling good:positive mindset’. Training workshops can be over 1 or 2 afternoons, or over an extended afternoon/day. The aim is to give participants the knowledge and skills to start using the programme immediately.
The programme is designed to be used as part of a normal GP consultation and has been easily fitted into other health professionals working patterns.
Established by the research as safe and effective in depression, clinical staff from many specialities have used it and found it very effective in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders and other conditions, particularly Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) and chronic pain. It has also been established as effective in the treatment of mental health referrals in Occupational Medicine, significantly reducing burnout and improving mental health indices.
Over 650 doctors and over 300 other primary care professionals have been trained in its use since 2006 and over 80,000 patients have been given the programme through the NHS.
A major benefit of the training is that many of the staff, who train to give it out, use it for themselves (see survey from Halton and St Helens) and thereby boost their own coping skills. Positive Mental Training is based on a developmental rather than a clinical model, promoting resilience rather than focussing on thinking errors. It was developed from Olympic sports training and is thus not stigmatising in any way.
The training sessions are subject to continuous evaluation through end of session evaluation sheets, anonymous surveys and RCGP biannual re-accreditation. The training workshops are rated very highly by participants.
For a useful summary of mental training in primary care go to the RCGP News feature feb 2011
Comments from workshop participants:
- ‘simple to understand and take on board’
- ‘very high quality training’ ‘
- exceeded (my learning objectives and expectations) ..thought it might be a bit mumbo jumbo – nice to see ‘scientific’ background to this technique’
- ‘a completely novel and instant way of resolving a variety of stress related issues without drugs’
- ‘excellent enjoyable mix of theory and practice’