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.

Promoting service-user satisfaction in close observations

Close observations are only used as a last resort to manage risk in inpatient mental health...

The ‘nearest relative’ role under the Mental Health Act

The nearest relative role is a statutory safeguard for people who may be subject to the...

Recovery in a high secure hospital in England

This article focuses on one of the three high secure hospitals in England. All the patients...

Use of seclusion in psychiatric intensive care units

This literature review aims to discover the factors that influence staff working on...

How to minimise the effects of dysphagia in people with mental health problems

Dysphagia, or difficulty with swallowing, can be intrinsic to a mental health problem or...

Mental health nurses’ perspectives on psychiatric advance directives

Background Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) are written statements that allow people...

Service users and their animals: considerations for mental health professionals

Animals feature in many service users’ lives and can be significant factors in their...

Nurse-led older adult mental health clinics in rural GP practices

Dedicated memory services have been recommended as a single point of referral for people...

The effects of inreach on the most dangerous offenders in the UK

The close supervision centre (CSC) at Her Majesty’s Prison Wakefield is home to eight of the...

Evaluation of a mental health service based on the principles of recovery

The authors report on a service evaluation of blueSCI, a social inclusion and cultural...

Improving care for people with borderline personality disorder

Caring for service users who have a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) can...

A collaborative formulation framework for service users with personality disorders

Research about effective treatment for mental health service users with personality...

Developing a patient leave request form for a secure setting

After incidents of absconding and escape from a medium-secure hospital a review was...

The relevance of spirituality to nursing practice and education

Nursing research has shown that taking care of the spiritual needs of service users is an...

Monitoring physical health in patients with serious mental illness

The average life expectancy of people with serious mental illness (SMI) is up to 25 years...

Shared-experience groups in a high-secure psychiatric hospital

This study explores the benefits of shared-experience groups from a service user’s...

Developing authentic mental health nursing research and practice

Throughout a project to research therapeutic relationships between women with anorexia and...

Self-efficacy and job satisfaction in nurses who care for mentally disordered offenders

The relationship between self-efficacy and job satisfaction is multifaceted. Nurses might...

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