Physical health checks for people with severe mental illness
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Physical health checks for people with severe mental illness

Sheila Hardy Education fellow at UCLPartners and visiting fellow, University of Northampton

Sheila Hardy explains why and how practice nurses should provide physical health checks for people with long-term mental health conditions

Primary care practitioners are advised to provide annual physical health checks for people with severe mental illness. This article provides a guide for practice nurses on how to organise and deliver these health checks. A brief description of the illnesses is given alongside the rationale for providing this screening. The author has been carrying out the health checks herself for nine years, has carried out research in this field and has developed a helpful website to assist nurses get these checks right.

Correspondence sheila.hardy@uclpartners.com

Primary Health Care. 23, 10,24-26. doi: 10.7748/phc2013.12.23.10.24.e787

Received: 08 May 2013

Accepted: 04 June 2013

Published in print: 29 November 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict Of Interest

None declared.