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Monday 24th October 2016

Mental health nursing boost

31st May 2006

A five-year programme to improve mental health nursing in Scotland, 'Rights, Relationships and Recovery', has been launched by the Scottish Executive.  According to the Chief Nursing Officer in Scotland, Paul Martin, it signals a fundamental change in the way that service users and carers are treated. It aims to improve future mental health services for patients and their families. 

Meanwhile in England 'From Values to Action', a major report into mental health nursing, is to be used by the Healthcare Commission to ensure that NHS organisations in England provide appropriate care. The move follows publication of a review of mental health nursing in England by chief nursing officer (CNO) Chris Beasley. It recommends that nurses spend less time on administrative tasks and more time with patients, and suggests that nurses adopt the 'recovery approach', which emphasises positive changes and social inclusion.

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