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How LAMP blazes a trail

The London Association of Mental Health Nursing Practice (LAMP) was set up in 2013 to support mental health nurses and academics involved in training mental health nursing students.

The London Association of Mental Health Nursing Practice (LAMP) was set up in 2013 to support mental health nurses and academics involved in training mental health nursing students.

The association is supported by East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), City University and Health Education North East and Central London.

ELFT gives protected time for two staff to project manage the association while City University hosts the association’s education resource and email account. Representatives from seven London mental health trusts and nine London universities are working on solutions to pre-registration training issues.

The need for a London-wide mental health practice education network was identified in an earlier project commissioned by NHS London and the London Mental Health Directors forum.

The London Mental Health Nursing Pre-Registration Education Project examined recruitment issues in mental health nursing.

From the start, the aim of our association was to improve the quality of practice placements, mentorship and practice assessment. LAMP supports the Department of Health mandate of delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care as well as developing the right people.

So far, LAMP has looked at how sign-off mentors in London exercise accountability, student assessment and physical health issues in mental health settings. Next year’s theme will be preceptorship.

The association has run a half-day conference each November on support for sign-off mentors and a main conference in March to disseminate the projects undertaken that year.

The benefit of collaborating on different projects is that it makes all our efforts worthwhile. While LAMP is primarily London-based, membership is expanding and we hope that everyone gets something from the association.

A core membership attends bi-monthly project meetings; for others, contact is via the dedicated email account. Everyone contributes something.

LAMP would like to hear from others working in pre-registration mental health nursing and from those working in the learning disability specialty.

Contact: lamp@city.ac.uk

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