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Working in mental health: What will make a difference to you?

 Ed Freshwater 11 Oct 2018 Mental Health Forum

The RCN Mental Health Forum is running a consultation with members to help set our policy and strategy for the year ahead.

As part of that, we need to hear from you about what will make a difference for your practice, whatever field or setting of mental health services you work in.

The consultation runs until the end of October and once complete, we analyse the results and create proposals and work programmes. This information is then used to direct our agenda submissions for RCN Congress in May 2019, and from there to shape the policy of the College.

For example, last year many of you told us how difficult it was for you to use your clinical skills on a daily basis because of time pressures and how often therapeutic activity had to be cancelled. We drafted a resolution demanding robust research to prove the efficacy of higher staffing levels in mental health services, which was passed at Congress in May. That research will begin soon and will allow us to campaign nationally for more resources.

This consultation also helps us to dedicate resources to new projects that complement your clinical skills, like improved knowledge of physical health considerations for people with severe mental illness. See our online course.
Take part in the consultation.

Ed Freshwater

Ed Freshwater

RCN Mental Health Forum Chair

Mental Health Nurse

Ed started working in mental health as an HCA in 2009, before starting his nursing degree. He has written a regular column for the British Journal of Nursing and is passionate about protecting and empowering those most marginalised by mental illness, and championing the role of the mental health nurse.

Page last updated - 11/10/2018