The exploration of mental health skills in a generic advanced clinical practice programme

Chadwick, AL ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7131-1605 and Murphy, N ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2933-2175 2019, 'The exploration of mental health skills in a generic advanced clinical practice programme' , British Journal of Nursing .

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Abstract

Background: Advanced practitioners (ACPs) are expected to be competent in their holistic assessment and management of individuals, which includes those with physical and mental health problems. A mental health component was introduced within a generic advanced practitioner programme to support the development of mental health skills required by advanced clinical practitioners in training (ACPiT).

Aims: This research investigated the efficacy of mental health specific content within an MSc ACP generic programme.

Methods: Single case study approach was adopted using a purposive sample of 10 ACPiT to explore personal beliefs and experiences using semi-structured interviews. Verbatim transcription was undertaken followed by content and thematic analysis.

Findings: Themes emerged included communication skills, emergence of competence and self-awareness.

Conclusion: Insights provided by ACPiT recognised the value of mental health teaching and exposure within their training programme for the advancement of knowledge, skill set and ultimately confidence in their clinical practice.

Key Points: Synthesising mental health skills in generic nurse Advanced Clinical Practice. The conflation of communication and self-awareness with the improvement of clinical growth.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Nursing
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
ISSN: 0966-0461
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Funders: Community Psychiatric Nursing Association
Depositing User: Dr Neil Murphy
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 14:14
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2020 02:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/51470

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