Anglia Ruskin University: Senior Lecturer in Advanced Nursing Practice,
RMN, NMP senior lecturer in Anglia Ruskin University teaching clinical assessment skills; non-medical prescribing, mental health and substance misuse.
Fantastic idea. I teach pre registration mental health and many of my colleagues have note the decline in the student numbers this year- I also teach postgraduate advanced nursing which is unaffected.
Magic Mushrooms and ketamine clinical trials for depression- cannabis for MS.. Begs the question to the current drug policy prohibition in the UK. Should a pragmatic and humanistic approach suffice for the better? Look at the trend of drug decriminalisation in Portugal since 2000, reduced crime, HIV rates, prison sentences- increased support for people who touch illicit drugs.
Very promising article on the benefits of NMP on healthcare. NMPs are a valuable contributer towards positive health outcomes throughout the field of nursing. The NMP courses seem to be overflowing in universities with physio's, chiropodists and pharmacists adding varied expertise and quality within the NHS and other health providers slowly growing. Lets appreciate the growing opportunities for nurses and other health professionals. Very positive!
As much as I appreciate the lancet psychiatry findings, the figures are still a minority compared to the wider population in the UK. Subcultures such as gangs tend to target the vulnerable, unconfident and "unstable" teen. I think the message from the media should be "what to do if my gothic child self-harms, becomes depressed or confused?" I dont think targetting someones makeup, black clothes or big boots will do self harming teens justice.
Comment on: 'Substance misuse nurses are becoming jaded'
Having worked in substance misuse for a number of years including roles of a s. nurse, manager and NMP. There has been a growing fear for nurses in this field that we are slowly "fading" as a specilist group. Up and down the country, tenders, takeovers and reconfigurations have had there impact (although have always been in the process). I agree with Ishbel "NDTMS statistics" has become the priority in nursing management. We need to appreciate that drug workers, nurses and other ahp working in substance misuse make their mark on the health and well-being of our clients. Commisioners need to look at "quality" in service provision rather than "quantity" when it comes to peoples health. But the reality is that substance misuse services are becoming less valued in terms of "clinical experience" "qualifications" (that are relevant) and "skills". The focus has been placed on statistics for "payment by results". Nurses and managers need to remember that we are working with people and too often the result of a teams confused priority (stats) leads to a coroners court of our clients. More emphasis needs to be placed on better access for CPD, further trainings and developments of substance misuse forums across the country.