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Training: Using the Holistic Needs Assessment

The Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) training will introduce you to the assessment tool and act as a refresher to those already familiar with it. The training will give you practical experience in its use and develop skills in recognising and responding to psychological distress.
The training is aimed at people who will be carrying out the Holistic Needs Assessment as part of their role.

Learning Objectives


By the end of this course you will:

  • Be familiar with the Holistic Needs Assessment and gain experience in its use
  • Understand why and how the Holistic Needs Assessment is used
  • Recognise, elicit and manage anxious feelings or low mood
  • Identify and manage risk


To complete this training you need to attend two half-days. Completion of both parts constitutes successful fulfilment of the Using the Holistic Needs Assessment training. It also acts as the first half of the Level 2 Psychology training. To achieve Level 2 you need only complete one further day of training.

Holistic Needs Assessment (sessions 1 & 2)

  • May 2016
    23/5/16: Health Psychology, 9:00am-4:30pm

Level 2 Psychology skills (session 3)

  • September 2016
    26/09/16: Venue TBC, 9:00am-5:00pm

Booking a place of the training

To book your place please e-mail mark.giles4@nhs.net with your name, role, team and site, along with the dates you wish to attend.