The Physical Care of People with Mental Health Problems
A Guide For Best Practice
- Eve Collins - University of Chester, UK
- Mandy Drake - University of Chester, UK
- Maureen Deacon - University of Chester, UK
Community / Public Health Nursing | Community Mental Health Nursing | Mental Health Nursing
Linked closely to professional standards, and with a clear values- and evidence-base, the book aims to raise awareness of the physical health needs of individuals with mental health problems, outline the physical health assessment process and suggest health enhancing interventions for use in clinical practice. Consideration will be given to the following aspects of physical wellbeing;
- cardiovascular health
- sexual health
- respiratory health
- wound care
- substance misuse
- infection control
- medicine management
Further chapters on legal and ethical issues explain the need to practise appropriately within the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act, while a linking theme throughout the book stresses the importance of health promotion.
Backed up by case examples and with a range of reflective exercises throughout, The Physical Care of People with Mental Health Problems is a key text for students and practitioners working in mental health services. It will also be useful reading for practice nurses, district nurses, midwives and all allied health practitioners.
'This book is very readable and easy to dip in and out of. The action learning points and case studies in particular are useful and will be appreciated by students' -
Sheri Rhodes-Martin, Staffordshire University
'An important addition to an area of mental health that has significant implications for both service users and practitioners. This book will help to update and inform those with responsibilities for supporting holistic care within a mental health context' -
Bruce Wallace, University of Bedfordshire
Logically set out, provides appropriate levels of knowledge relating to physical health needs of individuals experiencing mental health problems. Highlights all key physical concerns.
the chapters are well laid out, it is user friendly and contains the information that is important for student mental health nurses.
The action learning points in each chapter provide useful reflective learning opportunities for the reader, allowing them space to relate the theory discussed to their own experiences of practice.
The 'useful resources' at the end of each chapter are just that. They provide relevant and credible further reading for students to explore the topics further.
The book is written in a style that is easy to engage with and each subject is broken down into small chunks so as not to overwhelm.
useful reading - accessible style - I'm sure this will have a positive impact on those who read it
We will be using this text as a core text in Stage 2 and 3 of the BN mental health nursing.
I am adopting this book for delivery within lectures to pre- and post-registration nursing students. The mental health nursing practitioner's knowledge of physical health issues is now as important as psychological health. This text is a good starting point to either inform or refresh information associated with the physiological welfare of people with mental health issues.
This book is a must for any mental health nurse! The physical care needs of our service users remains an agenda item as we continue to fall somewhat short of the standard required in this area. This is an improtant area for staff to embrace given the shift in how those with physical health needs are now often managed within mental health care settings.
As someone who works and teaches in mental health I would really recommend this book. I found it easily accessible and something I would advise my students to access in their careers. I can see using this book on a regular basis, in fact I already have.
Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are increasingly caring for surgical patients who have mental health problems. Presently there is no requirement for ODPs to have any knowledge around mental health. However this book provides an excellent resource for those who wish to know more.