Mental Health Nursing
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The risks of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia are well known. A review by pharmacists with care home staff led to the drugs being reduced or discontinued
A zero tolerance approach to violence and aggression has been widely adopted in healthcare but health professionals must be flexible in how they tackle such situations
Anxiety and depression
Various tools can help to identify people with learning disabilities but more research is needed to find out how useful they are in identifying parents with learning disabilities
Staff may lack confidence in assessing suicide risk. Introducing reflective peer review can improve skills and confidence, maximising opportunities to prevent suicide
Health professionals need to be aware of emerging novel psychoactive substances as their use is increasing, particularly among younger people
Child and adolescent mental health
The commissioning of core health visiting services is set to transfer from the NHS to local councils next year, the Department of Health has confirmed.
The current focus on acute hospital care in the wake of the Francis report may be robbing mental health services of their nurses.
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Social Care Institute for Excellence
Mental Health Blog
If anyone ever needed irrefutable evidence that depression doesn’t discriminate, the death of Robin Williams is surely it.
Emergency hospital admissions account for 55% of admissions from Parkinson’s disease, giving an average hospital stay of 23 days.
Resources from SCIE
Research indicates that there are eight main factors that promote dignity in care. Each of these contributes to a person’s sense of self respect, and they should all be present in care.