What will the future hold for mental health nursing?

Mental Health Practice editor Colin Parish interviews Professor Tony Butterworth about his review of the profession and how it might change over the next decade.
Tony Butterworth Royal College of Nursing (RCN) fellow

It is ten years since the last government review of mental health nursing. Much has changed in the past decade in terms of health policy in the devolved countries and, in the age of austerity, the increased demand on the NHS.

Tony Butterworth, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) fellow, is undertaking a ‘reflective consultation process’, looking at the future of the graduate mental health nursing profession for the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS). The intention is to reveal the current contribution of nurse graduates, and what it should be in the future.

So far he has held six Twitter chats with the expertise of FoNS and @WeMHNurses, and seven ‘round table’ focus group events to delve into the heart of the profession to discover how nurses can contribute to seamless professional care across all services.

‘Nurses’ behalf’

In early 2017 the FoNS will publish a


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