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Delayed discharge from mental health inpatient care in the UK

01 June 2013

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Background Delayed discharge from hospital creates additional pressure on staff and finances. While legal sanctions are in place for acute trusts, the concept of a...

Organising an inpatient psychotherapy group

01 April 2013

Mental Health Practice

Art & science

Psychotherapy groups can be established on acute inpatient wards to benefit clients and contribute to staff development. A communication group has been running for...

Supporting women’s sexual safety in acute mental health settings

08 June 2021

Mental Health Practice

sexual safety

Sexual safety in mental health settings is being increasingly recognised as a complex issue and a crucial aspect of organisational and practice responsibilities....

Development of a behavioural assessment tool for use in forensic mental health services

16 July 2019

Mental Health Practice

evidence and practice

This article presents the Forensic Functional Assessment Measure (FFAM): a tool to assess the triggers and functions of behaviours that challenge in a medium-secure...

The use of a Lester Tool-based physical health app in mental health inpatient settings

17 December 2018

Mental Health Practice


Background People with mental health problems have a greater risk of developing physical health problems, yet in England only 76% of such patients have an annual...

‘Today We Talked’: using a collaborative approach to transform care in the psychiatric intensive care unit

20 October 2020

Mental Health Practice

therapeutic practice

People who need care in a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) are often highly stigmatised and referred to using negative, dehumanising language, for example...

Sexual violence: a trauma-informed approach for mental health nurses supporting survivors

06 April 2021

Mental Health Practice

therapeutic practice

It has been recognised that there is a likely high prevalence of trauma originating in sexual violence among people who receive care in inpatient mental health...

Reflective practice groups in a mental health inpatient setting

26 March 2019

Mental Health Practice


Background Reflective practice is vital to be a competent healthcare practitioner: reflective writing is mandatory for nurses’ professional revalidation. Aim To...

Efficacy of mental health crisis houses compared with acute mental health wards: a literature review

12 November 2019

Mental Health Practice

evidence and practice

Background Crisis houses are an alternative to acute psychiatric hospital admission. Aim To review evidence of the efficacy of mental health crisis houses as an...

Open AccessPreventing falls in older people on mental health inpatient wards: a quality improvement project

14 December 2022

Nursing Older People

Falls prevention

Older people on mental health inpatient wards are at high risk of falls due to a combination of physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological factors. Falls...