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Mental health nursing: RCN lead Catherine Gamble on why she feels optimistic

Ms Gamble says there is so much potential in the profession that her optimism is well placed
Catherine Gamble

Ms Gamble says there is so much potential in the profession that her optimism is well placed

Six months into her job as the RCN’s mental health professional lead, Catherine Gamble is optimistic.

It is true that mental health nurses have been working under difficult conditions for years, with squeezes on budgets and workforce shortages that have taken their toll. But Ms Gamble says there is so much potential among the mental health nursing workforce that her optimism is well placed.

‘When I was interviewed for this job the first thing I said was that I want to raise the profile of mental health nursing.

‘We are at a point where we are very much the underdogs – unseen and unrecognised. No one buys flowers or chocolates for mental

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