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Education for community psychiatric nurses: content, structure and trends in recruitment

Hannigan, Ben ORCID: 1999. Education for community psychiatric nurses: content, structure and trends in recruitment. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 6 (2) , pp. 137-145. 10.1046/j.1365-2850.1999.620137.x

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Under the auspices of the Standing Advisory Group for Community Psychiatric Nursing Education, annual surveys of the leaders of the UK's post-registration courses for community psychiatric nurses (CPNs) have taken place since the 1987–88 academic year. In this paper, findings are reported from the 1997–98 survey. Thirty-two of the 39 course leaders running post-qualifying programmes for CPNs (English National Board course 812 or equivalent, and Specialist Practitioner courses) in the 1997–98 academic year responded to a nine-page postal questionnaire. Responses suggested that the majority of courses for CPNs are now offered at first degree level, with most students completing their programmes of study and clinical practice in one full-time academic year. Most courses appeared to include education in key areas of specialist content pertinent to contemporary CPN practice. Examples included: evidence-based psychosocial interventions; collaborative working with users of mental health services; interprofessional issues; cognitive-behavioural interventions; reflective practice and clinical supervision and medication-related issues. Overall, however, courses for CPNs appeared to be characterized by considerable variations in specialist content. Possible explanations for this are offered, along with suggestions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: community psychiatric nursing; education; mental health policy
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1365-2850
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:32

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