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How good nursing leadership can champion holistic healthcare

A leading mental health researcher underlines the importance of investment in mental health nursing leadership on acute medical and surgical wards
Picture shows a young man in a hospital room being reassured by a nurse, who has a hand on his shoulder. This article stresses the importance of investing in mental health nursing leadership on acute medical and surgical wards.

King's College London researcher Una Foye explains why it is crucial to invest in mental health nursing leadership on acute medical and surgical wards

Research shows that people with mental health problems have significantly worse medical and surgical outcomes.

Compared with the general population, they:

  • Have higher rates of readmission to acute, medical and surgical care (Hanrahan et al 2016) .
  • Are more likely to be admitted to acute care by ambulance as an emergency rather than receive planned care (Reeves et al 2018) .
  • Have significantly longer rates of stay during non-psychiatric hospital admissions
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