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Safeguarding vulnerable adults’ liberty: the law

01 May 2009

Learning Disability Practice


In response to a landmark legal case, the government has made changes to legislation in an attempt to uphold the rights of vulnerable adults who are subject to...

Meeting the challenge of caring for an ageing population in Ireland

08 December 2010

Learning Disability Practice


The age profile of Irish people with a learning disability has changed significantly prompting a call for the development of the role of the gerontological clinical...

Are we ready to implement the women’s mental health strategy?

01 March 2004

Mental Health Practice


Women’s mental health issues are now firmly on the national policy agenda with the publication of the consultation document Women’s Mental Health: Into the...

Power and representation in nursing: a literature review

25 August 1999

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The concepts of power and representation hold a particular significance for the nursing profession. Joanna Du Plat-Jones examines their effects for both nurses and...

person-centred planning in Hampshire: creating sustainable approaches

01 March 2007

Learning Disability Practice

A&S Science

Aperson-centred plan (PCP) is not a one-off event but a continuous, evolving process. As Mcintosh (2001) says: ‘Sustained effort will be required from people at all...

A stellar success story

01 March 2010

Mental Health Practice


After a compulsory admission Marion Janner decided she wanted to do something constructive in return for the support she received during her stay. Her Star Wards...

Treatment of clients in the NHS: A case study

01 July 2013

Learning Disability Practice

Art & Science

Families of people with learning disabilities report frequently that their relatives receive poor care when they attend hospitals as inpatients. Sometimes their...

Safeguarding people’s rights under the Mental Capacity Act

26 February 2011

Nursing Older People


People who lack capacity to make certain decisions have a statutory right to be represented by an independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA). However, there is...

Questionnaires from the heart: national agendas and private hopes

01 July 2002

Nurse Researcher


This article reflects on issues in mental health research from the user’s perspective. Simon Champ, who is himself a user of mental health services as well as an...

The nurse’s role as patient advocate for mentally ill people

07 February 1996

Nursing Standard

Mental health

The recent report of the Confidential Inquiry into Homicides and Suicides by Mentally III People (the Boyd report) compiled for the government, and the imminent...