CPD articles

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

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...

Supporting women with mental health issues

Supporting women with mental health issues

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

Restraint

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 ‘...

Oral hygeine

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...

Self-awareness

Exploring self-awareness in mental health practice

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

Eye movement

Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR)

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

Depression

Managing depression: an overview

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

Alzheimer's carer

Alzheimer’s disease: caring for the carers

Support from carers is a key factor in the community care of people with dementia, but the...

Agression

Management of aggression and violence in mental health settings

This article employs recently published material to reflect on issues relating to the...

Leadership

National nursing leadership programme

The NHS Plan ( DoH 2000 ) clearly articulates the need to modernise the health service in...

Compassion

Understanding and working with bereavement

Although we all experience bereavement at some point in our lives, the experience of...

Depression

Depression: Nature, assessment and treatment using behavioural activation (Part 2)

This is the second in a two-part Continuing Professional Development article on behavioural...

Depression: Nature, assessment and treatment using behavioural activation (Part 1)

This two-part Continuing Professional Development article presents the treatment of...

Suicidal mental health inpatients: principal approaches to care

There are two principal approaches to providing care for suicidal mental health inpatients,...

The Tidal Model: the questions answered

Aims and intended learning outcomes This article aims to raise the reader’s awareness of a...

Panic disorder: Nature, assessment and treatment

Aims and intended learning outcomes This article discusses the characteristics of panic...

Older People with Mental Illness and Administration of Medicines: Consent and Capacity

This update intends to discuss some of the key issues around the needs of older people with...

Sharps injury: prevention and management

Nurses are at risk of infection through injuries caused by infected sharps and needles. The...

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