Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Mental health nursing 'lacking' in improvement plan implementation

  • Comment

There is little evidence that national recommendations on improving mental health nursing in England have been widely implemented over the past five years, according to Nottingham University researchers.

They assessed the implication of recommendations from the 2006 chief nursing officer’s review of mental health nursing at six mental health trusts.

The authors said: “The results showed evidence of acceptance of the review and some evidence of subsequent actions to implement the review recommendations, but these were not widespread.

“A lack of an evidence-based implementation plan hampered the implementation as did an apparent lack of strategic nursing leadership in many mental health trusts.”

They add that the “vision for mental health nursing” reported in the CNO’s review prompted various changes - directly and indirectly - among mental health nurses and the development of areas of good practice in education, practice and leadership.

“The positive changes evident in some areas may become widespread by a systematic policy implementation plan from the centre, supported by local leadership in practice,” they said.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.