International Journal of Mental Health Nursing – August 2017

The August issue of International Journal of Mental Health Nursing has been published.  This issue includes articles on detecting antepartum and postpartum depression and anxiety symptoms and disorders in immigrant women and the subjective well-being of mental health nurses in the United Kingdom.

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Making a difference in dementia: nursing vision and strategy

Department of Health, September 2016

This strategy sets out how nurses can provide high quality compassionate care and support for people with dementia, so they can live well with dementia within all care settings, including a person’s own home.  It aims to support all nurses to be responsive to the needs of people with dementia, continue to develop their skills and expertise, and achieve the best outcomes for people with dementia, their carers and families.

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Improving the physical health of people with mental health problems: Actions for mental health nurses

Department of Health, May 2016

This evidence-based information will help mental health nurses to improve the physical health and wellbeing of people living with mental health problems.

This document focuses on how to deal with some of the main risk factors for physical health problems, and helps to make sure that people living with mental health problems have the same access to health checks and healthcare as the rest of the population.

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Frontline First: Turning Back the Clock? RCN report on Mental Health Services in the UK

Royal College of Nursing, November 2014

This special Frontline First report Turning back the clock? Mental health services in the UK shows that mental health services are now under unprecedented strain, experiencing a steep fall in nurse numbers and available beds despite rising demand.

This report suggests that due to the loss of prevention and early intervention services, many people experiencing mental illness are unable to access inpatient treatment in their local area unless they have been sectioned under mental health legislation.  Despite pledges to improve mental health care and a new focus on community services, the last four years have seen a drop of more than 3,300 mental health posts across the UK in both hospital and community settings. This report shows that more experienced nurses have been disproportionately lost and highlights the serious implications that the loss of these skills has for both patients and nurses alike.  The report also takes a closer look at
each of the countries in the UK, outlining specific policy commitments and the current challenges facing mental health services in the different health and social care landscapes.

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