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Mental health services act on review

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The majority of organisations which are linked to mental health services have begun implementing recommendations made by the chief nursing officer for England.

The suggestions were designed to improve nursing for people with poor mental health.

An online survey was completed by 42 trusts which provide services - 63.6% of the 68 which exist - and 40 higher education institutions which teach mental health nursing.

Some 17 recommendations were made and publications were issued later to help the bodies implement them.

Results of the survey indicate that the review has already sparked some activity in the organisations which responded. They ranked 11 of the recommendations as being of similar importance but the organisations disagreed on four areas: inpatient care, evidence-based interventions, multidisciplinary team-working and recruitment and retention.

The survey findings suggest that the trusts and education bodies generally agree on the relevance of each of the recommendations.

Respondents also identified factors relating to the recommendations which would either facilitate or block implementation.

The survey results are deemed extremely relevant for mental health clinical practice; clear differences between the two types of bodies are apparent and should be resolved to improve the provision of the healthcare.

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