Skip to the content

The same but different: discussing the literature regarding mental health nurses' difficulty in meeting the physical health needs of service users, regardless of differing education programmes

Walker, SH and McAndrew, SL 2015, 'The same but different: discussing the literature regarding mental health nurses' difficulty in meeting the physical health needs of service users, regardless of differing education programmes' , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22 (8) , pp. 640-646.

[img] PDF - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (76kB) | Request a copy

Abstract

In the Western world there is increasing concern regarding the ability of health care professionals to meet the physical health care needs of those diagnosed with mental illness. This discussion paper seeks to explore some of the issues facing mental health nurses in delivering care to those who have both mental and physical illness. Criticism of the National Health Service (NHS) for failing to meet the physical health needs of people with serious mental illness has generated a number of political strategies aimed at addressing inequalities between mental and physical health care, a consequence being a change in preregistration nurse education. It is envisaged that such changes will enable all nurses to deliver safe, effective care to service users, with adult and mental health nurses being more adept at meeting both the mental and physical health needs of those in their care. The impact of three key areas identified within the literature will be considered: the impact of co-existing physical and mental illness; the role of mental health nurses and perceptions of service users re physical health care; and education, training and learning from others in the Western world. In conclusion the complexities of delivering such care will be addressed.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1351-0126
Related URLs:
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: SL McAndrew
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2016 08:41
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2016 08:41
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/38781

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year