2019 07 11 MnB course


Working in partnership with King’s Health Partners Mind & Body Programme, another dynamic training was delivered on the 11th July. The training was facilitated by Dr Anto Ingrassia, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and CYPHP Clinical Lead, and Dr Stephanie Lamb, GP at The Well Centre and GP and Young Person Lead for CYPHP. Both facilitators sharing a wealth of expertise about providing integrated care for children with long term conditions, and how to best support their families.

More specifically, 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.


The course starts by introducing two clinical scenarios 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, asking questions to understand how the role players have experienced navigating through the health, education, and social care system with their different health and socio-economic needs, each impacting on the care and treatment they receive.

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 (i.e. stigma about accessing mental health services) and to develop further knowledge about the crucial role of social determinants of health.

This session again proved 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, Southwark, and beyond.

All attendees agreed that they would recoomend this course to colleagues. Feedback from them also included:

  • "Very well structured."
  • "All very good presenters, and very motivating"
  • I learnt "it's okay to uncover problems, even if we can't fix them."
  • "Practical training, very helpful in allowing you to think about what you say and do."
  • "Even though challenging, appreciate the role play. Has developed and added more approaches to my role."
  • "Really well delivered, and useful for my therapist colleagues to consider mental health picture of CYP (children and young people."


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