Analysis

Nurses and service users voice their concerns over mental health services

Mental health nurses are concerned about decreasing opportunities for long-term supportive relationships with patients, a major workforce review has found.

Mental health nurses are concerned about decreasing opportunities for long-term supportive relationships with patients, a major workforce review has found.

Access to continuing professional development and clinical supervision are also insufficient, according to the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) review of mental health nursing in the UK.

Concerns of care

The study, which used social media, round table events and conferences to gather the views of approximately 600 nurses and service users, found concerns about the care nurses were able to provide.

‘Our work has confirmed that people who use mental healthcare services greatly value the sustained contact nurses offer,’ the report, Playing our Part, says.

‘However, the rush to provide session-based psychological intervention services has placed this subtle but valued relationship

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