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Recovery Star is a staff tool to support recovery of adults using mental health services
A service evaluation undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of the ARC exercise programme
Mental health nurses could consider using dance as a mental health intervention
Why you should read this article: • To learn about the differences between psychiatric intensive care, low secure and locked rehabilitation units • To understand how service provision in psychiatric intensive care, low secure and locked rehabilitation units has changed since 2006 • To gather information on the types of interventions offered by the different psychiatric intensive care facilities Psychiatric intensive care can take place in a variety of settings, including psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs), low secure units (LSUs) and locked rehabilitation units (LRUs). These units have a range of referral, admission and discharge care pathways, staffing profiles and core interventions. The aim of this service evaluation was to compare present provision in PICUs and LSUs with results from the first national survey of PICUs and LSUs in 2006. The service evaluation also aimed to define the role of LRUs. The authors used a cross-sectional, ‘census day’ questionnaire with six-month follow-up design. Overall, 111 NHS units participated in the evaluation. Results included that PICUs were smaller and usually had a mixed-sex distribution of service users; LSUs mostly comprised single-sex facilities; and LRUs mostly comprised single-sex units with a significantly longer mean length of stay than the other types of unit. PICUs primarily cared for service users exhibiting acute behavioural disturbance, first-episode psychosis or psychotic crisis and, compared with the other types of unit, more often used high-dose medication and electroconvulsive therapy.
The implementation of an electronic health record system in a private mental health service
How an Early Warning Score can support nurses to recognise when patients are deteriorating
Understanding the practical and ethical issues involved
Understanding the experiences of people who need intensive mental healthcare
Older people who have recently been bereaved are likely to experience sleep disturbances
A service evaluation of the effects of the newly developed post in County Durham
Nurses’ attitudes toward sexual health among patients with severe mental illness
Support for mental health nurses to enhance awareness of the needs of trans* young people