Recent mental health policy has focused on developing community-based services, but the reality remains that patients experiencing acute episodes of illness are mainly cared for in hospital settings. Acute Mental Health Nursing has been developed as a guide to the core knowledge and skills required for working in inpatient settings.
An Introduction to Acute Mental Health Care: From Acute Concerns to the Capable Practitioner
This book was written in response to the demands being made on the reshaped mental health services for acute adult in-patient care. Effective integration of in-patient environments are essential for the delivery of the National Service Framework for Mental Health (DoH, 1999), the fundamental document underpinning the Mental Health Policy Implementation Guide for Adult Acute Inpatient Care Provision (DoH, 2002).
This is in direct contrast to the previous 25 years, however, where the majority of mental health policy in the UK focused on developing community-based services (DoH, 2002). While considerable improvements were made, both in the provision of care ...