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.

Strategies for Surviving Acute Care

Strategies for surviving acute care


Anyone who has been admitted to an acute in-patient ward in recent years would be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that mental health care is in a serious crisis. Many of our inner city in-patient wards have become merely places of containment and medication. Acute wards have lost their role and focus within the mental health system; they are fought over by the various stakeholders, all of whom have rather different agendas: the public and the media, who are primarily concerned about public safety, patients/service users who want or need care and treatment in a crisis, and nursing staff and psychiatrists who may believe themselves to have a role in all of these but may ...

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