Nurses in Scotland – national mental health reviews need to hear from you

Profession’s input essential to reflect needs of service users and staff – RCN Scotland

Nurses’ input essential to reflect needs of service users and nursing staff – RCN Scotland

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RCN Scotland is asking members to air their views on mental health services.

The college, which is taking part in Scotland's national mental health reviews process, said it is important the knowledge and concerns of nursing staff are taken into account.

Mental health service areas to be reviewed

Four separate review boards will investigate:

  • Perinatal and infant mental health support
  • Child and adolescent mental health services, with a focus on early intervention 
  • Hospital, prison and community forensic mental health services
  • The impact the 2003 Mental Health Act has had on care and treatment of service users

‘Nursing voices need to be loud and clear’

RCN Scotland’s associate director, Eileen McKenna, said the reviews are urgently needed, given the increase in nurse vacancies.

She said: ‘If the nursing voice isn’t heard loud and clear, then the reform programme won’t address the needs of service users, or of the profession, in the ways it should.  

‘We have a foot hold in each programme and each provides an important opportunity for nurses to shape the future of services and legislation.’

RCN Scotland urged members to contact the college about the reviews as soon as possible.

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