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Picture shows a teenage girl sitting across a table across from a physician. The NHS rejects a think tank’s claim that more than one in four children and young people referred to specialist mental health services are rejected for treatment.

NHS England dismisses study claiming 26% of referrals to CAMHS are rejected

The NHS says think tank’s claims are flawed and based on wrong assumptions

Illustration showing missing work colleague in a crowd of other workers

Two thirds of mental health nurses report staff shortages – survey

RCN calls for urgent investment to grow the workforce in the specialism

Health secretary Matt Hancock speaks from podium

Health secretary Hancock raises smiles over how ‘50,000 more nurses’ pledge is viewed

Minister was speaking at launch of Florence Nightingale Foundation academy

Tyspane care home in north Devon

Nursing home manager struck off for failing to act on abuse claims

NMC sanctions three former staff at Devon care home for patient neglect

RCN Northern Ireland director, Pat Cullen, with striking members on a picket line in Belfast

Nurses’ strikes suspended: RCN and Unison to consult members on pay and staffing deal

Unions suspend industrial action after securing offer in crunch talks with health minister

Picture shows a young woman looking at a screen. Nurses are urged to share stories of front-line care delivery in an RCN survey.

Share your stories of working on nursing’s front line

Nurses are urged to share stories of front-line care delivery in an RCN survey

Evidence and Practice

Timely diagnosis and disclosure of dementia for patients and their families: exploring the views of GPs

Timely diagnosis and disclosure of dementia for patients and their families

Mental health nurses have an important role in providing expertise to GPs

Alcohol use of UK military personnel during active service and on return to civilian life: veterans’ experiences

Veterans’ experiences of alcohol use of UK military personnel

On leaving active service, veterans should be provided with greater mental health support

Use of a mnemonic to support suicide intervention training for nursing students

Use of a mnemonic to support suicide intervention training for nursing students

Update your knowledge of the nurse’s role in suicide assessment and management

Effects of a mindfulness-based stress reduction group programme on family carers

Effects of a mindfulness-based stress reduction group programme on family carers

Study identified that mindfulness skills can be used in various ways in family carers’ lives

An interprofessional practice development group for newly qualified and new-to-role clinicians in community mental health

An interprofessional practice development group for newly qualified and new-to-role...

There is a wealth of literature focusing on the transition from being a new graduate to...

Efficacy of mental health crisis houses compared with acute mental health wards: a literature review

Efficacy of mental health crisis houses compared with acute mental health wards: a...

Background Crisis houses are an alternative to acute psychiatric hospital admission. Aim To...

Features

Picture shows someone counting cash. The article says nurses need to learn about personal health budgets, which allow patients to use NHS funding to purchase care outside traditionally commissioned services.

Adding personal health budgets to your mental health nursing skill set

The budgets empower patients to self-manage care and regain control of their lives

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Pictured at RCNi Nurse Awards 2019 are (L-R) RCN council chair Sue Warner, clinical psychologist Kate Fillingham of East London NHS Foundation Trust, Rachel Luby and tv presenter Kate Garraway. Entries are now open for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020.

Award winners champion sexual health and rehabilitation of mental health service users

As entries open for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020, past winners reflect on their career-changing experiences

Nathan Filer

Exploring serious mental illness: an interview with nurse-turned-author Nathan Filer

For World Mental Health Day 2019 a former nurse talks about his latest book

Mental health conditions gave now overtaken musculoskeletal complaints as the number one reason for sickness absence among nurses.

Nurses open up about their mental health problems

Mental ill health is now the top reason for NHS sickness absence – but there is good news

Mature students

Mature students are vital to mental health nursing – but numbers are dropping

Financial pressures put older potential candidates off mental health nursing as a career

Team offers intensive support to enable service-users to live independently

Rehabilitation by award-winning team enables people with mental illness to live at home

Opinion

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SAlly Kitchin and colleagues collecting the 2019 RCNi Commitment to Carers Award

Improving the health and well-being of unpaid carers – initiatives with impact

How Commitment to Carers award nominees have shared their work and inspired others

Picture is abstract multicoloured illustration showing silhouettes of faces. By joining together, mental health nurses can be a powerful voice advocating for the profession and improving outcomes for individuals and communities, says Vicki Hines-Martin

Nursing unity can help bridge mental health gap

Nurses can be a powerful voice in 2020 advocating for better care outcomes

Students

Picture shows a scene from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. A nurse is producing podcasts that aim to dispel myths about mental illness, remove stigma and give patients a voice.

Nurse’s podcasts tell true story of life on mental health wards

Podcasts aim to dispel myths about mental illness, remove stigma and give patients a voice

 Nursing is fast-paced in the emergency department

Mental health and adult nursing, plus the pace of emergency care – this role has it all

A dual-registration newly qualified nurse reflects on what she has learned in her first year

Abby Martin

Please don’t call me ‘the student’

Nursing students have names – and an expectation to be part of the healthcare team too

Careers

Mental health lead Gill Drummond (right) receives the CNO Silver Award for Excellence in Nursing from chief nursing officer for England Ruth May

Mental health and dementia lead

Gill Drummond reflects on her career and what makes a good mental health nurse

Risq Animasaun

Senior staff nurse on a general psychiatric, female-only ward

I have an instinctive desire to provide care and support to people, says Risq Animasaun

Jodie Alder

Advanced nurse practitioner in personality disorder

Jodie Alder explains why she chose to work in secure services for men

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