Mental Health Nurses – Working with Purpose in Primary Care Tweet Chat #wemhnurses 9th May 2016, 8pm
Visit Professor Tony Butterworth’s blog for pre tweet chat information or follow the link on the front page of our website.
The blog explores questions about what mental health nurses are doing now in primary care, what they might do, who might employ them, what their training and continuing professional development requirements are and what their careers might look like. Join the tweet chat or leave comments on the blog page. Future blogs and tweet chats are planned for the secondary and tertiary sectors.
As with all tweet chats, you can actively participate, or just observe, if you are more comfortable with that, and then add your comments to the blog page. The important thing is that all voices are heard. Visit the WECommunities website for information about how to get onto the Tweet Chat.
FoNS supported projects which focus on Mental Health nursing
Just a sample…
Developing a Recovery Based Quality of Life Service for People with Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders
Offering really interesting insights, this report describes the development of a ‘quality of life’ group for patients with severe and enduring eating disorder. The team from Aneurin Bevan Health Board wanted to cater for the specific needs of this particular client group, moving away from a focus on the condition to a focus on the person and their quality of life.
An Exploration of the Lived Experience of Patients and Staff Involved in Supportive Observations within a High Secure Environment
This project aimed to gather the experiences of patients and staff involved in supportive observations, in order to use this information to develop practice to achieve a more therapeutically orientated intervention. This is a fascinating and innovative project demonstrates meaningful collaboration between healthcare professionals and service users.
The Quiet Room: Improving the Acute Care Psychiatric Environment
This report describes a project that developed the use of a quiet room as an alternative to PRN (as required) medication use when caring for patients in a mental health crisis. The methods and approaches were used to clarify values and beliefs, to plan and develop the quiet room with the involvement of patients and to develop the knowledge and skills of nursing staff. The project identified that in an acute psychiatric environment, mental health nurses can provide effective alternatives to pharmacological interventions.
Involving Service Users' Stories to Develop Mental Health Services
The team consisted of a mental health nurse manager working alongside six people whose identity moved beyond ‘service user’ to that of co-researcher over the period of the project. The researchers’ interviews with current service users were used to identify significant themes and how these aspects can inform practice within statutory service.
Involving Young People in the Development and Evaluation of Self Harm Services
Evidence suggests that nurses often struggle to help young people who self harm. This project therefore aimed to engage with staff and young people in a young people’s centre to enable participation of young people in planning and delivering the self harm service. The themes from discussions were used to inform developments in practice including the introduction of self harm feedback forms and a patient passport.
What we've been reading lately ....
Jo Odell, FoNS Practice Developpemnt Facilitator has been reading: Engagement: a critique of the concept and its application to person centred care by Jan Dewing and Brendan McCormack (IPDJ Vol 5, Person-centred supplement)
Jan Dewing and Brendan McCormack present a summary discussion on engagement in the context of person-centred practice and research using a focused literature review of 30 publications and policy reports from the last five years. They conclude that many of the current definitions apply to workers rather than service users, and that further research is needed to explore what engagement looks like in different workplace cultures. I really enjoyed reading this paper and think it will offer those working in clinical practice and research, and particularly those who are working to develop or improve practice, some key insights into meaningful engagement. Dewing and McCormack offer the following implications for practice:
- Engagement requires and leads to enhanced vigour, dedication and absorption
- Other outcomes of engagement are energy and vitality- necessary for personal, team/group and workplace culture development
- Engagement is an intrapersonal, interpersonal and social/group process
- Engagement is a short term process and outcome, and needs continuous nurturing in all persons (Dewing and McCormack, 2015, p 1)
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Enhancing Practice Conference 2016, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
You are invited to join a reflective, hands-on journey through learning and development whilst engaging with various networks and hearing first hand from leading practitioners from across the globe to share, engage and enhance future practice. EP16 will uniquely link many of the priorities and directives faced by today’s healthcare leaders. Practice Development, as the constant, will reveal its potential to help meet goals for the future, including, patient and service user experience, enhancing staff wellbeing, evaluating effectiveness, creativity in learning and development, innovations in methods and methodology.
Visit the website for more information.
A Practical Guide to Developing your Skills as an Effective Ward Manager, Wednesday 18th May 2016, Birmingham
Kate Sanders will be talking about leadership development for ward managers. Kate has immense experience of working with frontline managers to help them develop the skills and attributes to be effective and confident leaders. A special rate of £250 + VAT is available to all Friends and Associates of FoNS by quoting ref: hcuk250fons when booking. Visit our events page for this and other events.