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 2020 Skellern Lecturer: Dr Russell Ashmore and the 2020 JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane. View event details.

Rachel Luby wins RCNi Mental Health Nursing Award

Clinical practice lead Rachel Luby is on a mission to transform sexual health and expression and approaches to intimacy in her forensic mental health unit. She believed existing practice failed to recognise that patients are sexual beings who should not have to give up healthy sexual expression while in hospital, which could make initiating new relationships after they leave hospital more difficult. She has driven policy and guideline changes, and a sexual health nurse has attended the ward to offer screening, advice and treatment. Plans include a weekly group on love, sex and intimacy and a sexual expression care plan for each patient. Rachel Luby's blog reflects on living with mental illness and working in mental health. See: The how to and not to guide of mental health care... a reflection.

Emeka Madubeze shortlisted for RCNi Patient’s Choice Award

Hill View Hospital mental health nurse Emeka Madubeze was nominated by teenager Zaynab Sohawon. ‘When the low secure unit allocated Mr Madubeze as my named nurse, little did I know that this was going to be the best thing to happen to me. ‘Mr Madubeze showed empathy, patience and never-ending diligence. His gentle manner, integrity and professionalism, as well as his innovative ideas, eased me into my journey to recovery. He encouraged me to use fitness to improve my mental health and steadfastly persevered to help me strive for mental stability. ‘I went from being psychotic and tying a suspended ligature to having unescorted leave with my family for the first time in two years.’

South West London BAME Nurse Development Team

This team created a customised leadership and professional development programme for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) mental health nurses. A wide range of initiatives aimed at harnessing their talent included focus groups with BAME staff, service users and carers, and support for line managers and senior staff to give feedback and coach BAME nurses. The programme also helped improve the diversity of interview panels and offered participants secondment and development opportunities. Of the 37 band 3 to 7 participants recruited to the programme, 38% were promoted or developed their careers subsequently, while 100% of those who applied for a job were shortlisted. You can read more about the programme and its ethos in this Guardian article.

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.

Student theatre mental health

Finding balance

Finding Balance is a collaborative ‘digital interactive theatre’ (DIT) project designed and delivered as a public health/public engagement activity to raise awareness of mental health about ‘low level stress and anxiety’. View the case study.

Page last updated - 25/09/2019