South East England

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Health Education England (HEE) has agreed to fund 15 We Can Talk partnerships between acute hospital trusts and linked Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) teams covering Thames Valley, Wessex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Due to the high level of interest Health Education England is only able to fund one partnership per acute trust, however, we encourage trusts to engage with all their hospital staff and consider rotating training venues between sites. Please also see FAQs below in regards to additional Project Leads linked to each of your hospital sites.

The proposed partnerships in each HEE geography are:

Wessex (download)

Kent, Surrey & Sussex (download)

Thames Valley (download)

Please note these are proposed and not agreed or confirmed until a signed proposal document is returned to We Can Talk and Health Education England. This will also allow you to invoice for funding.

Please download the proposal document


The key dates for each HEE geography are also now available below.

This includes the dates in each area that the We Can Talk project team is available to deliver training on site. Please e-mail Martha Reilly, Project Coordinator, We Can Talk,, to request and confirm dates.

Wessex key dates (download)

Kent, Surrey & Sussex key dates (download)

Thames Valley key dates (download)

Thank you for reading all the FAQs below relating to this proposal prior to contacting the We Can Talk team. This will allow us to respond and clarify any questions quickly.

We Can Talk across South East England – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have a PowerPoint presentation that gives an overview of the project?

Absolutely. Download it here.

Is there funding available?

Health Education England is funding all of the We Can Talk project team costs as well as providing £10K+VAT per partnership (£5K+VAT for acute, £5K+VAT for CAMHS) to protect the time of local Project Leads two days per month for twelve months.

Both acute and CAMHS need to identify and agree to protect the time of a local Project Lead. Acute trusts also need to commit to supporting study leave applications for 175 members of staff and to provide appropriate training rooms (on site).

I’m in! What do I need to do next?

You need to confirm your interest by returning the proposal document signed by a Director or Nursing (acute) or Service Manager (CAMHS) to Robin Barker, National Director, We Can Talk, Please copy in Neil Parker, Programme Manager, Health Education England,

What is a Project Lead?

Project Leads are our local Band 5/6/7 clinicians from acute and CAMHS who work together to engage staff, deliver training and promote the ongoing sustainability of the project. Please download the brief one-page job description for the acute Project Lead role and CAMHS Project Lead role.

When do local Project Leads need to start?

Local project leads need to be identified in time for the first project lead training day (please see key dates for your area). In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to accommodate the CAMHS Project Lead joining late, however, they must be identified and able to attend the first training day at their local hospital site and all subsequent Project Lead days. This must be confirmed with the We Can Talk project team.

Can we have more than one Project Lead?

We Can Talk will support up to two Project Leads per acute trust (e.g. trusts with more than one hospital site). Please note that trusts would have to absorb these costs – no additional funding is available from Health Education England.

In areas with more than one CAMHS provider, We Can Talk will support up to two CAMHS Project Leads linked to one acute trust. Again, no additional funding is available from Health Education England, although we will allow local providers to agree to split the £5K+VAT funding.

Where do you deliver the Project Lead training days?

Project Lead training days take place in the following locations:

Wessex: TBC (Southampton area)
Kent, Surrey & Sussex: The Charis Centre, West Green Drive, Crawley, RH 11 7EL
Thames Valley: Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3AJ

Is Project Lead training different from We Can Talk training?

Yes! Our Project Lead training sessions are only for our local Project Leads in each geography and are the key way we support them throughout the roll out of the project. The We Can Talk training days are where we are delivering our standard training to different groups of staff (see below).

Who is the We Can Talk training for?

The one day We Can Talk training is appropriate for any member of staff clinical or non-clinical, porter to paediatrician, who encounters children or young people up to 25 in their role. Learn more here.

Where do you deliver the We Can Talk training days?

We Can Talk relies on local hospital sites providing on-site venues for delivering training. See below for more details.

How do I book We Can Talk training dates for my hospital?

Download the key dates for your area (links above). Each trust needs to book one date in each of the three We Can Talk training sections. You are sharing these dates with hospitals across your area so the earlier you confirm your dates the more selection you’ll have!

What are your venue requirements for the We Can Talk training?

We need a comfortable room at or close to your hospital site with small group table seating (‘Cabaret’ style) for up to 35 people as well as PowerPoint facilities. Better venues will ideally have somewhere to make a hot drink, nice bathrooms and natural light.

How can local young people get involved?

Our team is keen to engage with existing groups to help develop resources and identify potential co-trainers for the future. Please contact Karen White, Director of Engagement,

What if I have more questions?

We have another FAQs page or please contact the Team.

Can you talk me through exactly what this is all about?

Sure. Contact us and we’ll do our best to arrange a phone call or a visit from one of our fabulous Team members.

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