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New course raises diversity awareness

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The Department of Health has launched an in-depth training course on treating black and minority ethnic patients.

As part of its Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health programme, the DH has produced new training materials to raise awareness of diversity issues among mental health staff.

The materials aim to help mental health staff develop their understanding of racism, cultural difference and discrimination.

They will also help develop skills to promote race equality and identify and break barriers to good communication between BME service users and mental health practitioners.

The materials, called the Race Equality and Cultural Capability Programme (RECC), can be downloaded for free in a series of 12 two hour maximum training sessions. Materials are available from

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