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.