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Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

An evaluation of nurse-led mental health training for benefits staff

An evaluation of nurse-led mental health training for benefits staff

Delivery of training by mental health nurses to staff in a benefits district in west Scotland

Peer-to-peer mentoring for and by at-risk young people

Peer-to-peer mentoring for and by at-risk young people

Delivery of training by mental health nurses to staff in a benefits district in west Scotland.

Validity of a two-question tool in detecting antenatal depression in Malawi

Validity of a two-question tool in detecting antenatal depression in Malawi

Establishing the validity of a two-question tool based on the Whooley questions

Asylum-seeking children

Mental health service needs and experiences of asylum-seeking children in the UK

A literature review of the needs and experiences of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

The development of simulated learning environments involving coroner’s court attendance in mental health nursing education

Simulated learning environments involving coroner’s court attendance in mental health

SLEs provide students with an opportunity to experience complex practice elements

Restrictive interventions: a service evaluation

Restrictive interventions: a service evaluation

Background Restrictive interventions (RIs) are defined as the use of deliberate acts that restrict a person’s movement, liberty or freedom to act independently. RIs such as seclusion and physical intervention are practices commonly used to manage violence and aggression. Aims To investigate the frequency and rationale for use of RIs at an NHS inpatient service. Methods A service evaluation was carried out for six inpatient wards that offer adult and later-life services. Data were collected from patient incident and adverse events reports and from electronic patient records. Results There were 424 incidents of physical intervention and 184 incidents of seclusion reported. The use of physical intervention was more frequent between 10am and 12pm, when personal care was carried out. Physical and non-physical assaults were most commonly reported as the reasons for use of RIs. Conclusion Analysing the frequency and the rationale for the use of RIs has enabled changes to be made to practice and how staff are trained. It is hoped that other services will reflect on their use of RIs to improve practice.

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Resettlement experiences of African migrants in Australia and how they affect mental health

Resettlement experiences of African migrants and how they affect mental health

African migrants' mental health and future aspirations after resettling in Australia

Development of a behavioural assessment tool for use in forensic mental health services

Development of a behavioural assessment tool for use in forensic mental health services

This article presents the Forensic Functional Assessment Measure (FFAM): a tool to assess the triggers and functions of behaviours that challenge in a medium-secure mental health setting. The measure was designed by a group of practitioners in the field who were implementing positive behaviour support (PBS). The aim was to replace other widely used tools that were designed for use with a learning disability population. The FFAM is a semi-structured interview tool and informant-based assessment. Preliminary testing of the tool was carried out by four staff members with seven service users. Findings indicate that the FFAM successfully identified triggers and functions of behaviours that challenge and that it could be used to develop PBS plans. This was a pilot study focusing on a small sample; additional research is required to determine the reliability and validity of the FFAM.

Positive behaviour support: exploring the experiences of nurses

Positive behaviour support: exploring the experiences of nurses

Nurses should be encouraged to take a lead in the formulation of PBS plans and their delivery

Trauma-informed practice: a paradigm shift in the education of mental health nurses

Trauma-informed practice: a paradigm shift in the education of mental health nurses

Equipping students with the skills and knowledge to work in a trauma-informed framework

Mental health nursing and the pursuit of professional equivalence

Mental health nursing and the pursuit of professional equivalence

Equivalence for mental health nursing is a problem, despite nurses performing valuable work

Role play simulation in nurse education: applying the ‘I AM A STAR’ mnemonic

Role play simulation in nurse education: applying the ‘I AM A STAR’ mnemonic

Role play can improve student confidence and help to enhance their knowledge and skills

Improving magistrates’ awareness of vulnerable women in the criminal justice system

A pilot study of awareness-training sessions to magistrates and other court staff

Binge eating disorder: the effectiveness of brief group treatment

Background There is minimal provision for people with binge eating disorder despite...

Young-onset dementia: meeting the information needs of carers

Increased awareness of dementia is associated with its rising prevalence in an ageing...

Perinatal mental health: preparing the future nursing workforce

Perinatal mental health (PMH) problems occur during pregnancy and up to a year after giving...

Reflective practice groups in a mental health inpatient setting

Background Reflective practice is vital to be a competent healthcare practitioner:...

Advising patients not to drive while mentally unwell: an additional challenge for the...

Modern life is dependent on transport systems, which raises a number of challenges for...

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