CPD articles

Our continuing professional development (CPD) articles are designed to assist with your nursing skills and practice.

Sexual violence: a trauma-informed approach for mental health nurses

Effects of sexual violence on survivors and the principles of trauma-informed care

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Using team formulation in mental health practice

Using team formulation in mental health practice

Evidence and techniques for team formulation in therapeutic work

Use of individual formulation in mental health practice

Use of individual formulation in mental health practice

To learn about two transdiagnostic models of formulation that you could use in your practice

Introducing mentalization and its role in mental health practice

Introducing mentalization and its role in mental health practice

How individuals learn to mentalize during childhood, and in response to stress

Using the STARTER model to talk about sex in mental health nursing practice

Using the STARTER model to talk about sex in mental health nursing practice

The STARTER model is a step-by-step tool encouraging conversations about sexual health

Implementing trauma-informed care in mental health services

Implementing trauma-informed care in mental health services

Mental health practitioners can support service users to move beyond traumatic events

Well-being, physical and mental health: part 3. Helping service users cope with schizophrenia

Well-being, physical and mental health: Helping service users cope with schizophrenia

Part 3 of our series explores the causes of schizophrenia and how it can lead to self-neglect

Nursing care plans in mental health

Nursing care plans in mental health

An exploration of best practice in co-creating recovery-orientated care plans

Improving the physical health of people with a mental illness: holistic nursing assessments

Improving physical health of people with mental illness: holistic nursing assessments

People with a mental illness are more susceptible to physical ill health

Well-being, physical and mental health: part 2. Responding to trauma

Well-being, physical and mental health: part 2. Responding to trauma

Mental and physical health work together to support well-being, and never more importantly than when a patient experiences a sudden and devastating trauma. This article explores the interplay of mental and physical health in the context of acid attack burns to someone’s face. It explains trauma in event terms and how an understanding of types of psychological trauma can be drawn on to advance collaborative nursing practice in a burns unit. While nurses have been educated in separate disciplines, it is argued that working across the traditional divide can be advantageous in trauma situations. This is the second article in a series on ‘well-being, physical and mental health’.

Well-being, physical and mental health: part 1

Well-being, physical and mental health: part 1

This article explains how physical health fits into the overall well-being of a person and why people with a mental illness are more likely than the rest of the population to experience poor physical health. It represents the first article in a series on body and mind, well-being and how physical and mental health issues interact as focal points for the work of mental health nurses. Historically, mental health and physical health have been conceived in western healthcare as separate domains and our preparation of registered nurses for practice has often reflected this. However, in this series, case studies are used to show how closely physical and mental health interact and how the two are important to sustain a state of well-being. The series is designed to help registered nurses reflect on their current practice and to help students to anticipate the range of care requirements that may be needed when a service user comes into their care.

Solution oriented learning: an innovative approach that promotes motivation and resilience

Solution-oriented learning: an approach that promotes motivation and resilience

This article explores the use of solution-oriented learning as an approach to coping with formal learning and practice development needs. The article explains each step of the solution-oriented learning process and gives examples related to student and qualified nurses’ experiences. Time out activities offer opportunities to apply theory to practice. The authors propose that wider application of the solution-oriented learning principles can support nurses in building resilience.

Supporting women with mental health issues

The number of women experiencing mental ill health has increased, with young women more...

Understanding and implementing the nurse’s holding power (section 5(4)) of the Mental...

This article explores section 5(4) of the Mental Health Act, which permits nurses of a ‘...

Physical healthcare needs: oral hygiene in the mental health setting

Nurses need to understand the importance of oral hygiene because of its effects on the...

Exploring self-awareness in mental health practice

Self-awareness is integral to the development of mental health practitioners. This article...

Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR)

Aims and intended learning outcomes This article discusses one of the trauma-focused...

Managing depression: an overview

Depression is a common health problem but it is both under-detected and under-treated. It is...

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