People with a mental illness are more likely to have a preventable physical condition such as cardiovascular disease, and to die earlier than the rest of the population. Nurses working in all settings can work with these people to improve their outcomes.
The Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health forum steering group has collaborated with the charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to create this resource for nurses. Dr Sheila Hardy is a dual trained nurse who researched physical health in severe mental illness for her PhD.
Sheila presents below, three short sessions with the aim of encouraging nurses to be proactive in considering the physical health needs of people with mental illness.