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How can communication be improved on a mental health unit?

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Padfield B (2013) Assessing communication on a mental health unit. Nursing Times; 109: online issue

Authors

Ben Padfield is Essence of Care/dignity facilitator at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • The Essence of Care benchmarking toolkit
  • Advice for improving communication
  • How to implement change on a mental health ward

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

The essence of care framework and how this is implemented in practice. This article also gives an insight in to mental health nursing, particularly the importance of communication and some of the literature behind the communication skills nurses are taught.

 

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

It may be useful to read through this article before starting a placement on a mental health ward, as it contains a lot of information about how mental health wards work. The article gives guidance on how to improve communication that could also be useful in other health settings.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • Have you ever implemented change in practice? How did you do this?
  • How can I improve my communication skills?

 

STUDENT NT DECODER

Essence of Care Benchmarks

A set of benchmarks developed by the Department of Health with the aim of helping healthcare practitioners take a patient-focused and structured approach to sharing and comparing practice.

Essence of Care Benchmarks

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