University recognised centre for health training
Release Date 27 October 2011
News this week that the Charlie Waller Institute at Reading has received Government funding to provide training for NHS therapists to support children with mental health problems, is one of many ways the University is boosting skills, particularly in the area of health.
The Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment is the University of Reading's pioneering mental health training and research centre in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences. It will provide training for new therapists as part of Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT). The Children and Young People's IAPT project is a new strand within the overall IAPT Programme. Its initial focus will be on anxiety and depressive disorders and conduct disorder for children under 18. The Institute already works with South Central Strategic Health Authority training therapists who work with adults with mental problems through the IAPT programme.
The Charlie Waller Institute will be supported by the Winnicott Research Unit, also within the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, which has international expertise in treating anxiety and other disorders in children.
The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences has an international reputation for research in a number of areas, including child development and psychopathology, and a long-standing tradition of influencing clinical training and practice on the basis of empirical research.
The Department of Clinical Language Sciences focuses on research and teaching in the area of typical and atypical speech and language acquisition and in acquired speech and language disorders. The emphasis on clinical research is enhanced by links with local NHS facilities and professionals and the department also contains speech and language therapy clinics.
The Reading School of Pharmacy runs the four-year M.Pharm. programme providing over a hundred trainee pharmacists each year. It also serves as a major provider of postgraduate professional training for registered pharmacists and other healthcare workers. Key to this is the Centre for Inter-Professional Postgraduate Education and Training (CIPPET). One of its objectives is to support the Department of Health in training pharmacists, equipped to perform current and future tasks within rapidly changing pharmaceutical services in the community and in hospitals.
To achieve that aim CIPPET provides training for new roles such as prescribing and runs workshops to support Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for local pharmacists. CIPPET also jointly runs with the University's Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR) the Certificate in Obesity Management. This is a five-day practical course for primary health care professionals and focuses on the development of knowledge and skills to enable students to deliver an effective weight management service.
For more information on the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Services, please visit http://www.reading.ac.uk/pcls/
For information on the Charlie Waller Institute, visit http://www.reading.ac.uk/charliewaller/cwi-home.aspx
For information on Reading School of Pharmacy, visit http://www.reading.ac.uk/pharmacy/