Dual diagnosis: training needs and attitudes of nursing staff
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Dual diagnosis: training needs and attitudes of nursing staff

Jayne Moore Dual diagnosis lead, Forensic mental health services at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Jayne Moore explores nursing staff’s training needs and their attitudes towards patients who misuse substances in a large forensic mental health service

Background There is limited research in forensic mental health services about staff attitudes towards substance misuse or how improvements in training might affect these attitudes.

Aim To gather information for staff training plans linked to existing competency frameworks.

Method A questionnaire and appropriate assessment scales were applied across a large forensic mental health service to determine training needs and preferences.

Results Previous training improved staff attitude towards substance misusers significantly. Perceived importance of training on the subject of ‘managing family members’ varied significantly between care settings, and a significant correlation was found between more optimum attitude and perceived high need for training.

Conclusion The evidence obtained can influence further training.

Mental Health Practice. 16, 6, 27-31. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 22 February 2012

Accepted: 21 May 2012

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