Clinical

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.

Revisit the forgotten art of letter writing

Using letter writing to augment the therapeutic relationship is familiar to counsellors and...

How working with a community arts project benefits service users

With the aid of a grant, links were developed between a medium secure forensic mental health...

Secure psychiatric care: How appearance and neglect affect women

Aim To provide effective interventions for body image, appearance, and physical health and...

A flexible and integrated approach to family interventions

This article focuses on a case study of family interventions using a co-working model, and...

Organising an inpatient psychotherapy group

Psychotherapy groups can be established on acute inpatient wards to benefit clients and...

Incident reporting to improve clinical practice in a medium-secure setting

Analysis of the distribution and frequency of episodes of violence/aggression and deliberate...

Electroconvulsive therapy: why it is still controversial

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used in modern psychiatry worldwide, but is not fully...

Assessing the reasons for deliberate self-harm in young people

A history of deliberate self-harm (DSH) is one of the main indicators for suicide. There has...

Family work in adult acute psychiatric settings

Meeting a service user with his or her family in acute care settings to discuss their...

Tracking patients on leave from a secure setting

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust wanted to improve the safety of patients on...

The theorist-practitioner gap: bringing the two sides closer together

As the gap between practice and academia grows, strategies are needed to ensure effective...

Cigarette smoking cessation using family interventions

There has been little done to offer consistent support to people with schizophrenia to stop...

Dual diagnosis: training needs and attitudes of nursing staff

Background There is limited research in forensic mental health services about staff...

The importance of measuring blood pressure in mental health care

Blood pressure measurement is a vital part of any physical assessment, particularly for...

Keeping clients safe on the night shift

The night shift admission checklist helps night nurses to maintain a culture of safety when...

The role of nurses in mental health review tribunals

Aim To assess whether legislative changes have led to improved training and changed workload...

Reducing conflict on wards by improving team communication

Aggression in healthcare settings is a significant problem for patients and staff teams. The...

Care of adolescents who have mental health and substance misuse problems

A lack of research and education, and conflicting policies and working practices between...

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