Nursing staff and leaders at Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust have been praised for their care and dedication after the trust became one of only a handful of mental health providers to achieve the top inspection rating.
It is time we stopped talking about mental health and physical health as separate and unrelated.
The move to a purpose-built mental health unit from pre-fabricated buildings in the grounds of a Victorian asylum in 2011 has allowed staff to provide care and support for service users with greater safety and dignity.
We need to change cultures, remove the stigma that is attached to talking about mental health and encourage open discussion.
The growing emphasis on the promotion of mental health, the prevention of ill-health and improving the lives of people living with mental health difficulties is long-awaited and welcomed.
The flurry of press releases this week signalled the approach of World Mental Health Day, as did the timing of a few new policy pledges from the UK governments and their arm’s-length bodies.
The high profile case of Billy Caldwell, who has a severe form of epilepsy, brought the therapeutic benefit of cannabis into the headlines.
Do mental health nurses have the appropriate skills and knowledge to look after patients’ physical health needs?