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The Physical Care of People with Mental Health Problems
A Guide For Best Practice

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January 2013 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This accessible, practical text provides mental health practitioners with the core knowledge and skills they need to be able to care effectively for the physical health of those who have been diagnosed with mental illness.

Linked closely to professional standards, and with a clear values- and evidence-base, the book aims to raise awareness of the physical health needs of individuals with mental health problems, outline the physical health assessment process and suggest health enhancing interventions for use in clinical practice. Consideration will be given to the following aspects of physical wellbeing;

- cardiovascular health

- diabetes

- sexual health

- respiratory health

- cancer

- wound care

- substance misuse

- infection control

- medicine management

Further chapters on legal and ethical issues explain the need to practise appropriately within the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act, while a linking theme throughout the book stresses the importance of health promotion.

Backed up by case examples and with a range of reflective exercises throughout, The Physical Care of People with Mental Health Problems is a key text for students and practitioners working in mental health services. It will also be useful reading for practice nurses, district nurses, midwives and all allied health practitioners.


Mandy Drake
The Physical Health Needs of Individuals with Mental Health Problems
Setting the Scene  
Eve Collins
Physical Health Assessment in Mental Health Practice
Susan Curtis and Sarah Curtis
Understanding Metabolic Syndrome in Mental Health Practice
Siobhan Tranter
Cardiovascular Health in Mental Health Practice
Eve Collins
Respiratory Health in Mental Health Practice
Maureen Deacon
Oncology
Phil Cooper and Jane Neve
The Physical Effects of Commonly Misused Substances on People with Mental Health Problems
Jo Bates
Sexual Health in Mental Health Practice
Louise Shorney and Richard Shorney
Wound Care in Mental Health Practice
Ben Green
Prescribing in Mental Health Practice: The Balancing Act
Clare Street
Promoting Physical Wellbeing
Julie Hughes
Infection Prevention and Control in Mental Health
Maureen Deacon
Legal and Ethical Matters

A clear and understandable explaination of the importance of attending to the physical health of patients with mental health problems

Mrs Jane Hampson
Department of Clinical Healthcare, Oxford Brookes University
August 12, 2014

An excellent text for both mental health and adult nurses working within the mental health setting. It has been particulary informative in developing our understanding of the complex nature of physical well bieng often negelected within mental health and the challenges faced by those with severe and enduring mental disorders in ensuring their physical health needs are met

Carol Gee
Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Oxford Brookes Univ.
July 21, 2014

I have placed this on my essential reading list as it offers a broad overview of the physical health problems people with mental health concerns can encounter. I would recommend this for both pre and post registration courses.

Mrs Maxine Cromar-Hayes
Faculty of Health and Sciences, Staffordshire University
June 2, 2014

I will include this as part of the recommended reading list for the next time this module will run

Dr Ibiyemi Nnadede
Wellbeing and Social Sciences, University of Bolton
May 27, 2014

This book is going to be very useful. It is clearly and concisely written, with a pleasant, friendly tone. The information and learning will be very useful for pre-reg students.

Ms Catharine Jenkins
Mental Health, Birmingham City University
April 9, 2014

Will recommend as supplemetary text alongside core text of profession

Mr Ken Beesley
Occupational Therapy, University of Cumbria
April 8, 2014

A useful book that links theories to practice throughout by the use of action learning points which contain reflective exercises and case examples. This is a very practical book that explores the main physical health issues that people with mental health problems may encounter. This is a useful resource for trainees and practitioners in all fields of nursing and in a variety of settings. The learning outcomes at the start of each chapter are useful to help focus the reader. This is an excellent resource that a reader can dip into as the need arises .

Mrs Linda Robson
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
March 2, 2014

Excellent source of information for an area of practice in mental health care that is finding greater prominence.

Could there be an additional chapter on eating disorders?

Mr John Hyde
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
February 14, 2014

This is a long awaitied text for those caring for people with mental health problems. It provides some very useful insight into individual needs and can be extremely beneficial to adult students

Mr Andrew Southgate
Adult Nursing Department, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 2, 2013

An excellent text which I have recommended to pre reg mental helath nursing students. Clearly wriitemn with excellent practice questions and examples. I will also recommended for post reg nurses too.

Mrs Louise Howard
Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, kingston Univeristy and St Georges University of London
August 7, 2013

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