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New report examines the vital work of mental health nurses

In 2016, the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) began a year-long investigation into the work of graduate and registered mental health nurses. At a time when one in four of the UK population may develop a common mental health disorder, the profession of mental health nursing is needed now more than ever.

The report, Playing our Part: The work of graduate and registered mental health nurses was launched on 27 February. It suggests practical ways in which the discipline can be developed to meet the demands of the UK population as well as describing the vital role that mental health nursing continues to have in providing care and preventing illness.

The report also highlights the unique role of Admiral Nurses working across ‘boundaries’ in dementia care as follows:

We wished to make special reference to and commend the work of Admiral Nurses in dementia care… Admiral Nurses, provided by the charity Dementia UK have created a viable co-produced model of working, in which they offer early detection, supportive work with families and carers, and structured and evidence-based interventions. Surrounded by clinical supervision and continuing education, this offers a powerful way of working with carers and families.

Rachel Thompson, Professional Development Lead at Dementia UK said:

Admiral Nurses provide families affected by dementia with the specialist support that they need and we are very pleased that their work has been recognised in this new report.

The report also acknowledges the need for clinical supervision and practice development which Dementia UK invests in for all Admiral Nurses. This helps ensure Admiral Nurses can continue to provide high quality dementia care.

Read the report in full here.