Public Mental Health: 2-Day Short Course

Public Mental Health: Short Course PosterConcentrated two-day short course, offering a ‘new world’ approach to population mental health and how to deliver improved outcomes in the new system’s architecture.

Course dates: Monday 31 March - Tuesday 1 April 2014
Duration: 2 days; 10am - 5 pm
Tuition fees: £700 (concessions on request)

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By the end of this course participants will understand:

  • Use of appropriate public mental health intelligence to inform local commissioning
  • Assessment of local risk factors for mental health conditions and protective factors for mental wellbeing
  • How to identify and prioritise higher risk populations
  • Cost-effective interventions to promote mental health, prevent and treat mental health conditions
  • How to assess the local coverage and outcomes of public mental health interventions
  • Assessment of size and impact of the local public mental health intervention gap
  • Service planning to deliver improved outcomes across a whole population
  • Life course population health planning from antenatal to older age
  • How to do a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) with comprehensive mental health coverage.

Who is the programme for?

  • Directors of public health and public health consultants
  • CCG leaders 
  • Medical and clinical directors in mental health trusts
  • Directors of social care and senior social care managers
  • Public mental health experts working in mental health trusts 
  • Public health leaders working in local government
  • Healthwatch
  • NHS England national and area team policy leaders.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. There is no formal assessment at the end of the course. There are 13 contact hours in total.

Course Sessions

This course is made up of 6 taught sessions:

Session 1: Policy and public mental health (Jonathan Campion)

  • National population health policy: new approaches
  • Policy background of population and lifespan mental health
  • Public mental health: national policy in the new architecture
  • National priorities in mental health across the lifespan  
  • Outcomes approach to health
  • Public mental health: Background and importance

Session 2: Mental health conditions and wellbeing (Jonathan Campion)

  • Mental health conditions and wellbeing: definitions and inter-relationships
  • Impact of mental health conditions and wellbeing including on:
    • health risk behaviour
    • current and subsequent physical illness
    • other public health priority areas
    • health & wellbeing board priorities
  • Economic impacts of mental health conditions and wellbeing
  • Risk factors and higher risk groups: 
    • risk factors for mental health conditions and poor wellbeing, protective factors for wellbeing
    • groups at higher risk of mental health conditions and poor wellbeing and how they can be targeted for early intervention
    • assessment at local level
  • Assessment of local level of mental health conditions and wellbeing:
    • data to support assessment
    • how to do it and interpret  

Session 3: Public mental health interventions (Jonathan Campion and Martin Knapp)

  • Primary, secondary and tertiary levels of promotion and prevention
  • Interventions to treat mental health conditions, prevent mental health conditions and promote wellbeing
  • Economics of public mental health interventions (Martin Knapp)

Session 4: JSNAS: how to incorporate mental health to improve population outcomes (Jonathan Campion and Jim McManus)
Integration of public mental health into JSNAs to inform local public mental health strategy development and implementation

  • Health and wellbeing boards, local priorities and the JSNA  
  • Proportion of people with mental health conditions receiving intervention including from higher risk groups 
  • Proportion of people receiving interventions to prevent mental health conditions and promote mental health including from higher risk groups 
  • Impact of interventions including on other public health priority areas
  • Economic savings of interventions – estimating local savings of current service provision
  • Level, impact and cost of public mental health intervention gap including for higher risk groups   

Case examples: Northamptonshire public health team and their use of the JCPMH public mental health commissioning guidance

Session 5: Commissioning for mental health conditions and wellbeing (Jonathan Campion and Steve Pilling)
Local public mental health strategy development and implementation 

  • Setting priorities and getting a balance of interventions between universal/ targeted approaches, and short/medium/longer term impacts
  • Facilitating practical ways to address key issues
  • Implementation of interventions

Session 6: Evaluation and impact on outcomes (Jonathan Campion)

  • Evaluation of impact on a range of personal, clinical and economic outcomes including public health, social care and NHS outcomes  


There will be no formal examination. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to all completing the course.


Programme Director and module convenor: Dr Jonathan Campion (Director of Population Mental Health, UCLPartners; Visiting Professor of Population of Mental Health, UCL; Director for Public Mental Health and Consultant Psychiatrist, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)

Module convenor: Professor Martin Knapp (Director of Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School Economics)

Module convenor: Jim McManus (Director of Public Health, Hertfordshire County Council)

Module convenor: Professor Stephen Pilling (Director, National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health; Pathway Lead for Adult Mental Health, Integrated Mental Health Programme, UCLPartners)

Course Administrator: Sabrina Naqvi (Project Manager, National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health)


Deadline for Bookings

The deadline for bookings is 24 March 2014.

Start of Programme

2-day short course: Monday 31 March –Tuesday 1 April 2014

Booking Process

To book your place, please contact Sabrina Naqvi with your name and contact information.


Contact Name:

Miss Sabrina Naqvi

Contact Email:

Contact Tel:

020 3701 2642

For information about specific course content, it is recommended that you contact Dr Jonathan Campion.

For advice on the booking process, please contact Sabrina Naqvi.

Fees and Payment


The total course fee is £700.
Concessions available on enquiry.


An invoice will be issued after booking and MUST be paid within 30 days of the date of issue and / or at least 7 days before the start date.