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Mental Health Nursing

Section of Mental Health Nursing

There are more mental health nurses than any other profession working in mental health services today. They work in all different types of service areas, making a vital contribution to providing care to service users.
The Section of Mental Health Nursing, led by Professor Len Bowers, aims to strengthen mental health nursing practice in order to improve the health of service users and their experience of services. Much of our current research focuses on how to make wards safer places for patients and staff and reduce rates of conflict and containment on acute wards:
  • By conflict we mean those things that threaten patient and staff safety, such as aggression, rule breaking, drug/alcohol use, absconding, medication refusal, self-harm/suicide etc.
  • By containment we mean those things the staff do to prevent or reduce the amount of harm that occurs, such as giving extra medication, intermittent  or constant observation, show of force, manual restraint, coerced injections of medication, seclusion, time out, locking of the ward door, and other security policies.
We aim to deliver a way to reduce conflict and containment, whilst keeping everybody safer. We also develop, deliver and evaluate clinical short courses specifically designed to enhance the knowledge, attitudes and skills of mental health nurses and allied professionals working with people with mental health problems.
The Section of Mental Health Nursing has been making a significant contribution to mental health nursing practice for many years. We anticipate many new developments in research and teaching in the future, as we work together to make a significant and beneficial contribution to nursing practice locally, nationally and internationally.

Image: Terence Wilde, Trepan 2006, Bethlem Gallery.

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