CPD articles

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

Compassionate care for people who self-harm: principles, tools and techniques

Compassionate care for people who self-harm: principles, tools and techniques

Learn about tools that can be used to provide compassionate care such as urge surfing

Restrictive interventions: understanding and reducing their use in mental health settings

Understanding and reducing use of restrictive interventions in mental health settings

Enhance your awareness of ethical issues and legal frameworks around such interventions

Using quality improvement to enhance mental healthcare

Using quality improvement to enhance mental healthcare

The methods, tools and techniques used in quality improvement with details of a case study

Implementing cultural safety to enhance the care of mental health service users

Implementing cultural safety to enhance the care of mental health service users

Increase your awareness and understanding of the concept of cultural safety

Supporting people who are experiencing domestic abuse

Mental health nurses have a vital role in identifying domestic abuse and safeguarding

Exploring the therapeutic relationship in nursing theory and practice

Exploring the therapeutic relationship in nursing theory and practice

In such relationships, nurses should demonstrate self-awareness, empathy and professionalism

Supporting women’s sexual safety in acute mental health settings

Supporting women’s sexual safety in acute mental health settings

Concerns have been raised about sexual safety in mental health inpatient wards in the UK

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

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

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

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

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

Mental and physical health work together to support well-being, and never more importantly...

Well-being, physical and mental health: part 1

This article explains how physical health fits into the overall well-being of a person and...

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