Oxford Handbook of Mental Health Nursing (Second edition)

This second edition includes all of the previous information in the 2006 handbook, but has been updated to reflect changes in policy and practice. There are 15 chapters on the main issues relating to mental health nursing practice, including UK legislation, culture, risk, and mental health interventions.

Each chapter is broken down into a useful one or two page summary of current practice, with references for further reading. Some of these references are a little old, however, and would be of more academic benefit to readers if they were more up to date.

There are some useful chapters on mental health nursing skills, and evidence-based mental health nursing practice that summarise this field of mental health care well. But these would be more helpful for students if they related more to the social policy outlined in the first chapter, which covers mental health recovery and public mental health.

The chapter on legislation is comprehensive, but fails to include all new legislation in the UK.

Overall, this is a useful introduction to mental health nursing in the UK. Students and practitioners will find it of value as a brief, up-to-date overview of best practice in


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