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Mental health

Celebrating good practice in mental health

Mental health nurses every day, go above and beyond, seeking ways to work with patients and their families to promote understanding of mental illness and support recovery.

In addition to highlighting those who receive prestigious national awards, this space seeks to share good practice, innovation and highlight those providing outstanding care and transforming care provision. 

Celebrating good practice 

The Skellern Lecture

The Skellern Lecture is a prestige annual event which celebrates advances in the field of Mental Health & Mental Health Nursing. The JPMHN Life Time Achievement Award recognises a sustained contribution to the field of mental health. Award winners are announced at the RCN MHNAUK international research conference. This event includes the 2019 Skellern Lecturer: Professor Mick Mckeown - Making the most of militant and maverick tendencies for mental health nursing, and the 2019 JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Patrick Callaghan. View event details.

Brookside young people’s mental health team win prestigious Mental Health Practice Award

This team transformed the mental healthcare of children and young people, turning services from inadequate to outstanding in 18 months. When the Brookside Adolescent Inpatient Unit was closed for modernisation, the team decided to treat patients at home. It now offers 24-hour crisis provision, increasing scope for positive risk-taking and treating young people in the least restrictive environment. The home treatment team is keeping young people with emotional dysregulation and self-harm out of hospital. In one year it prevented 244 admissions. Inpatient length of stay has been significantly reduced to an average of 25 days. Restraint incidents have fallen dramatically. See: Brookside wins RCNi Award for Mental Health Practice Award.

Celebrating events

Improving Ghanaian mental health care

This exciting project has been initiated by mental health nurses who are keen to improve mental health care in Ghana.  On 10 July 2018 over 50 people met for a conference and workshop at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in London. This was a gathering of minds and expertise with nurses, doctors, occupational therapists and others – all wanting to do their part to improve mental health care in Ghana. Find out more about the Ghana UK Mental Health Alliance 2018.

Page last updated - 15/09/2019