2019 03 07 Mind and Body course 


Working in partnership with King’s Health Partners Mind & Body Programme, and with the support from of Dr Claire Dempster, an experienced facilitator and Family Therapist, CYPHP has developed and delivered its third one-day workshop on the 7th March. The course aims to:

  • Promote the inter-professional care of children and young people with health and other complex needs.
  • Provide an opportunity to explore ideas and practice clinical skills in a safe and supportive environment, with the help of professional role players and experienced facilitators.


The course uses two clinical scenarios, and related information, to better understand the challenges of living with ongoing health conditions. Asthma and epilepsy were chosen as conditions for the scenarios. Participants are prompted to work with the role players as they navigate the health, education, and social care system with their different health and socio-economic needs impacting on the care and treatment needed.

The simulation work is followed by group discussions, to examine beliefs about how health outcomes are shaped by physical, emotional/behavioural, and contextual issues. There are also opportunities for more structured learning about the interface between physical and mental health, including exploring barriers to accessing help (related for example to the stigma about accessing mental health services) and to develop further knowledge about the crucial role of social determinants of health.

All three sessions have proven to be very successful in fostering a culture of inter-professional and cross-organisational working. It was great to see professionals from diverse backgrounds supporting each other’s’ learning and skills, each contributing their own expertise of working in health, social care, or education across Lambeth and Southwark. 

Feedback from professionals included:

“Loved the simulated scenario exercises - I learnt a lot from feedback from actors on how to improve questioning."

“Fab, Thank you! Excellent communicators, interesting, engaging, encouraging.”

“Practical tips on interacting with both child and parent, with mental health and physical needs.”

“It's a good reminder for services to work together in a holistic manner.”

“I learnt a lot from this course that hasn’t been covered in other training courses I’ve already taken.”

"Its useful in all aspects of the healthcare profession."

"Very good. Loved the mix of interactive discussions, lecture, and simulation exercises."


Due to popular demand, CYPHP and the Mind & Body Programme will be hosting further dates. Keep an eye out in the next newsletter for more information regarding dates and registration.  



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