We Can Talk is co-producing solutions to improve the experience of young people attending hospital and the staff who support them. Hospital staff working in acute care settings consistently report a lack of confidence and competency in caring for children with mental health needs and research shows young people have overwhelmingly negative experiences of presenting to hospital due to their mental health.
We Can Talk co-produced (with hospital staff, young people and mental health experts) a competency framework in children and young people’s mental health and developed, piloted and evaluated a co-designed (and co-delivered) one day Training linked to the competencies to improve knowledge, skill and confidence of any member of staff who sees children and young people in their role (clinical and non-clinical). Download the report on our pilot project.
We also created a young people (and staff!) friendly version of the competencies so that everyone is clear about all the areas of mental and emotional health that We Can Talk about. You can read those in the Principles section of the website.
We Can Talk was nominated for a Nursing Times Award for our work with Barts Health NHS Trust.