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01 May 2009

Mental Health Practice


Professor Philip Burnard wrote more than 300 scholarly papers and 40 text books during his career to become one of the most influential UK mental health nurses of...

Supporting service users into employment: a literature review

06 December 2012

Mental Health Practice


There is much literature to indicate that people with mental health issues want to work, but in society this group tends to have the highest rate of unemployment and...

The care programme approach and people with learning disabilities

01 February 2004

Learning Disability Practice

Practice & research

The CPA policy can be the traced back to the proposals to close the network of long-stay hospitals and introduce community care. With the decrease in hospital...

Addressing the physical health needs of service users

10 July 2014

Mental Health Practice


Evidence shows that patients with a diagnosis of serious mental illness live lives that are ten to 15 years shorter than the general population, on average. A number...

Disengagement of clients from mental health services

01 May 2011

Mental Health Practice


This article discusses findings from a literature review of the reasons why some people with severe and enduring mental illness disengage from mental health...

A multidisciplinary approach to mental health care for prisoners

05 July 2012

Mental Health Practice


In any setting that provides care for those affected by mental health issues, a positive, co-ordinated approach by professionals is essential. The working...

Schizophrenia: a sibling’s tale

01 September 2009

Mental Health Practice


Stephan Kirby suggests that mental health professionals need a greater insight into the effects a diagnosis of serious mental illness has on family members. Leanne...

The importance of measuring blood pressure in mental health care

01 March 2013

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Blood pressure measurement is a vital part of any physical assessment, particularly for people presenting with mental health problems. The measurement techniques are...

Electroconvulsive therapy: why it is still controversial

01 April 2013

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used in modern psychiatry worldwide, but is not fully understood by the general public, practitioners and researchers. Controversy...

The use of van Kaam’s psychophenomenological method to interpret the meaning of resilience in the experiences of people with schizophrenia

18 December 2017

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background Phenomenology is a suitable method for investigating people’s experiences and van Kaam’s psychophenomenological model (PPM) is increasingly being used in...