Training practice nurses to care for people with severe mental illness
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Training practice nurses to care for people with severe mental illness

Sheila Hardy Education fellow, UCLPartners, Integrated Mental Health Project, London
Jorg Huber Professor of health sciences, University of Brighton

Sheila Hardy and Jorg Huber report on the success of a course to improve primary care practitioners’ understanding of the needs of this client group

Practice nurses presently have little contact with people who have serious mental illness (SMI) but are skilled in providing care for individuals with long-term physical conditions. Patients with SMI have poorer physical health and die younger than the general population, and may not be in touch with secondary care services. Training practice nurses in SMI increases screening opportunities and could provide patients with a named contact in primary care. The aim of the project described here was to provide practice nurses with effective training about SMI. Following a short training course, nurses’ perceived knowledge and skills relating to physical health in SMI improved.

Primary Health Care. 24, 3,18-23. doi: 10.7748/phc2014.03.24.3.18.e851

Correspondence

sheila.hardy@uclpartners.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 06 November 2013

Accepted: 26 November 2013