Implementing cultural safety to enhance the care of mental health service users
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Implementing cultural safety to enhance the care of mental health service users

Diana De Senior lecturer in adult nursing, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales
Anne Fothergill Principal lecturer, mental health nursing, University of South Wales, Treforest Campus, Pontypridd, Wales
Jim Richardson Retired senior lecturer, children and young persons’ nursing, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George’s University of London, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To increase your awareness and understanding of the concept of cultural safety

  • To understand the importance of implementing cultural safety in mental health nursing practice

  • To contribute towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Culture plays an important role at every level of healthcare and in every healthcare encounter. Cultural factors significantly affect the interactions between mental health nurses and service users, the experience of mental health service users and ultimately their health-related outcomes. The concept of cultural safety originates from the work of Maori nurse leaders in New Zealand. It builds on concepts such as transcultural nursing, intercultural competence, cultural congruence and cultural competence, enabling a deeper exploration of the underlying issues of inequality affecting people from minority groups. Implementing cultural safety in mental health nursing practice can enhance the quality of care by promoting culturally sensitive communication and prompting nurses to better accommodate the needs of service users.

This article discusses the concept and benefits of cultural safety in the context of mental health nursing and explains how mental health nurses can use cultural safety to enhance the experience and health-related outcomes of service users with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2022.e1584

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Correspondence

ded@cardiff.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

De D, Fothergill A, Richardson J (2022) Implementing cultural safety to enhance the care of mental health service users. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2022.e1584

Published online: 08 February 2022

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