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Mental Health Policy for Nurses

Mental Health Policy for Nurses

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May 2014 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Policy determines much of what nurses actually do on a daily basis, which means it is essential for nurses to engage with policy if they are to understand their own practice.  Mental health nursing in particular has been shaped by a variety of policy factors in the past fifty years. In this new textbook, edited by the mental health advisor to the Royal College of Nursing, a range of experts in their field introduce the essential elements of mental health policy to students and experienced practitioners. The book covers a broad range of areas, including settings for care and the historical context, policy affecting various diagnoses and service user groups, and how policy is translated into action.  Clinical examples are drawn on throughout, to help students think about the real-life context of what can be a difficult subject.

It will be essential reading for pre-registration mental health nursing students, and valuable to those working in practice who want to gain an understanding of policy.

Peter Nolan
The History of Mental Health Policy in the United Kingdom
Neil Brimblecombe
The European Context
Ben Hannigan
Community Services
Norman Young
Elizabeth Collier and Catherine McQuarrie
Older People
Trevor Adams
Karen M. Wright
Personality Disorder
Mick McKeown and Fiona Jones
Service User Involvement
Ann Jackson
Equalities in Mental Health Nursing
Tim McDougall
Child Mental Health Policy in the UK
Cheryl Kipping
Dual Diagnosis
Cris Allen
Policy into Action?

‘This book offers a range of differing perspectives on mental health policy. I like the mixture of exercises available in particular – these will help prompt reflection and discussion for the reader.’

Angelina Chadwick, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, University of Salford

Understanding the impact and implications of policy on mental health practice is an essential part of our work, particularly at a time of considerable and turbulent change. This book is grounded in informed and accessible information that will help make sense of the complexity that is political reform in the field of mental health practice. 

Sally Hardy, Professor of Mental Health Nursing and Practice Innovation, London South Bank University

...I found the chapter overviews helpful and the various authors a plus. The reflective activities will be valuable to the student in self-reflection, as we all tend to learn more once presented with a different view from our own and are made to reflect on that view...Anyone working in nursing, from the student, the novice nurse, to the experienced nurse should read this book...

Evelyn Martin, Senior Lecturer, West Virginia University, USA
Nursing Times

A useful resource for the student looking to gain an understanding mental health policy a useful and well written resource.

Mr Marcus Percy
Sch. of Nursing, Midwifery & Social W., Manchester University
October 27, 2016

Very well written and covered topic area nicely in an area that is not well covered in the literature.

Tracie Harrison
Nursing Dept, University Of Texas
September 13, 2016

For any student who would like to take a more critical approach to understanding mental health policy from a theoretical viewpoint this is essential reading.

Dr Laoise Jean Renwick
School of Nursing , Midwifery & Social W., Manchester University
February 10, 2016

Excellent coverage of policies and their relevance across many subjects/conditions. Very comprehensive.

Mr Scott Gerrard Macpherson
The School of Nursing & Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
September 7, 2015

An excellent book. Up to date discussion of the changing policy context in mental health

Mr John Hyde
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
March 5, 2015

A good clear guide for students of mental health nursing.

Ms Zoe Cowie
HSC, Bournemouth University
March 2, 2015

This is useful reading for anyone working in the field of mental health. I found this book to be reasonably straight forward to read consequently accessible to anyone from student nurses to professionals with many years experience.

Mrs Jayne Firestone
School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
January 26, 2015

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