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Mental health

Learning from evidence

MHN’s education, academia and research activity is central to ensuring MHNs are equipped with appropriate values, knowledge and skills, so that they can draw on the best available evidence to deliver high quality care.  

This page highlights resources that support learning and evidence based practice in mental health.

Learning from evidence

Professor Alan Simpson. Ahead of his Mental Health Nurse Academics lecture, Professor Alan Simpson from City University talks about the future of mental health nursing, austerity and SuperTed.

Professor Ben Hannigan's blogBen Hannigan is a mental health nurse, teacher and researcher. His blog covers mental health, nursing, policy, services, people, research and education.

Dr Jonathan Gadsby. A thought provoking conversation about coercion and forced treatment from the founder of the Critical Mental Health Nurses Network.

Mental Health Nurse Academics UK (MHNAUK). MHNAUK brings together representatives from all UK Higher Education Institutions engaged in mental health nursing education and research. It aims to influence and promote education, research and values-based mental health nursing practice for the benefit of people using services and their families.

Mental Health Nurse evidence based interventions 

Enhancing the Quality of User Involved Care Planning in Mental Health Services (EQUIP). This study examines ways to improve user and carer involvement in care planning in mental health services. Hear all about the study from Professor Karina Lovell and Professor Patrick Callaghan, the EQUIP research study Chief and Principal Investigators.

SafewardsThe Safewards Model is derived from UK mental health nurses research and from the research efforts of many others around the world. It encourages staff and patients on psychiatric wards to work together to keep people safe and reduce conflict and containment as much as possible. 

Star WardsStar Wards was founded in 2006 by Marion Janner OBE, a trailblazing multi-award-winning ex-service user. Star Wards is now run by a tiny team who've many years of mental health nursing experience working on wards as well as leading other national initiatives. They work in partnership with mental health wards to improve everyone’s experiences and outcomes – patients, staff, family, friends and carers. 

The Triangle of Care, Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice in Mental Health Care in England. The Triangle of Care can be used as a self-assessment tool to promote inclusion and improve carer engagement in health services. The approach was developed by carers, RCN mental health members and those with lived experience of mental health services and latterly people with Dementia. Its founder Alan Worthington (carer) noted, “Because of their role and numbers nurses have a considerable investment in engaging with carers to work together in planning and delivering support for the family member”. The guide outlines key elements to achieving this goal through establishing better partnerships between service users, their carers and organisations. In 2013 the Carers Trust returned to the RCN to adapt the Triangle of Care to meet the needs of carers of people with Dementia when the person they cared for was admitted to a general hospital. 

Page last updated - 03/08/2019