A profile of North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is a leading provider of mental health, social care, learning disability and substance misuse services in the West Midlands. In 2019, the Care Quality Commission awarded the trust an overall…

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Mental health diagnosis: looking at a grey area through a critical lens,

This article takes a critical look at the positive and negative aspects of receiving a mental health diagnosis and alternatives to the medical model of diagnosis. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion

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What are the social determinants of good mental and physical health?,

There are strong links between deprivation and poor mental and physical health. This article outlines the evidence and discusses how mental health nurses can have an impact

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ChatHealth: developing a secure messaging service for young people,

ChatHealth is a messaging service developed for school nurses and young people but is now used by wider healthcare teams. This initiative won the Nursing in mental health category in the 2020 Nursing Times Awards

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Which elements of socially prescribed activities most improve wellbeing?,

Social prescribing uses non-medical interventions and is becoming increasingly common. A study evaluated an activity to identify the biggest predictors of improved positive mood; this article discusses its results and the implications for nurses involved in social prescribing

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What do nurses in acute trusts need to provide mental health care?,

A local survey of nurses in acute trusts showed the learning development needs and challenges around providing care to patients with mental health needs among general nurses. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion

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Exploring coproduction of patient care in a secure mental health setting,

Coproduction is key to delivering person-centred care. This article discusses a survey exploring staff perceptions of coproduction of care in a secure mental health setting

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Non-pharmacological alternatives to pro re nata psychotropic medication,

A survey explored non-pharmacological interventions as alternatives to pro re nata (as-required) psychotropic medication in mental health settings. This article explores its results, which have been developed into a clinical aid suggesting possible interventions. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion

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The barriers and facilitators to a career in mental health nursing,

The NHS has a shortfall of mental health nurses. A study has explored the factors attracting people to the career and those acting as barriers, identifying themes with implications for recruitment strategies. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion

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A model to improve safety on acute inpatient mental health wards,

The Safewards model has identified the common patient behaviours and staff strategies that cause safety issues on acute mental health wards and suggests alternatives. Case studies demonstrate the model’s benefits which is also being adapted for other settings

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