Review of Depression Masterclasses

18th November 2015

The AHSN Mental Health programme delivered three masterclasses in November 2015 for general community nurses and others to recognise depression in individuals with long term conditions. The masterclasses were delivered by Dr David Ekers from Durham University who has extensive research in this field.
With over 90 attendees the overwhelming message was that this is an area that needs consideration as the individuals experience is often being referred from one service to another rather than diagnostic tools and short interventions being offered they were excellent.

The sessions covered diagnostic tools and the evaluations were overwhelmingly positive with a clear message to offer follow up training in short interventions for a smaller group of interested nurses. Selected feedback from the sesions

‘A useful and thought provoking session’

‘Really enjoyed the Masterclass’

‘Excellent presentation, very informative and relevant to my role’

Elaine Readhead, the project lead will now try to identify additional sources of funding to deliver the follow on training.