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Revamp for mental health

21st May 2006

Recent reviews of mental health nursing in Scotland and England aim to improve mental health services;

A five-year programme to improve mental health nursing in Scotland 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.

Entitled 'Rights, Relationships and Recovery' it aims to improve future mental health services for patients and their families.  Jane McCready, RCN Scotland Board Chair said that the unique strategy would 're-energise mental health nursing'.

Launching the programme, Deputy Health Minister Lewis Macdonald said "This should help to ensure positive improvements in the experiences and care of people with mental health problems�.
Rather than making recommendations, the review sets out a five-year action and delivery plan.  Paul Martin said that it pathed the way to a value based system where nursing staff sit with patients and their carers at the centre and build up a care plan engaging with them at every level.   He continued 'there should be a positive and therapeutic relationship between the patient and those looking after them and there should be a focus on recovery.' 

The review had attempted to be inclusive and had involved users and carers as well as practitioners.

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. The report is the result of a consultation exercise involving nurses, service users and their carers.  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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