Psychiatry in UK

  1. At the risk of repeating a thread or sounding out of order...


    Is there any RMN's here from the UK? (or CPN's for that matter)
    Last edit by Thanet on Aug 13, '06 : Reason: syntax
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    About Thanet

    Joined: Aug '06; Posts: 138; Likes: 305
    Staff nurse; from UK
    Specialty: 30+ year(s) of experience in Mental Health

    16 Comments

  3. by   Thanet
    I would be happy to answer any questions. Please ask away!
  4. by   StuPer
    Hello Thanet,
    Originally trained as an RMN in the UK, moved to Oz in 2000..... why are you asking incidentialy?
    regards StuPer
  5. by   Thanet
    Hi StuPer.

    I just wanted to see if there were any here... and to dicuss the recent changes in mental health in hospitals and community.

    Just for a natter really.
  6. by   sampaul1966
    5 1/2 years working in secure forensic nursing with qualification in substance misuse too
  7. by   Thanet
    15 years acute admission, 3 in psycogeri, 3 as cpn, currently in semi-secure rehab..
    Never worked in forensic tho' and never substance misuse, (Apart from the initial admissions of course)

    I still remember the old 1959 MHA being in force and waiting for 'the new improved 1983' act to come out which would 'Fix' all the problems of the '59 act... LOL.
  8. by   simon greasley
    I'm in the UK, worked acute, elderly, rehab, prisons currently in primary care in a Nurse led substance misuse clinic.
  9. by   Thanet
    hi simon,

    I am pleased to see that the NHS is at last learning that often the nurses know more than the doctors regarding clients and treatment.

    Gone are the days when a doctor would see a client 10 minutes a week and think they know it all.

    I used to be a CPN dealing with admission assesments, ie no one could be admitted without us seeing them first, (including S136)

    I think that the days of consultants raking in excessive fees for DVs are long over and of course we now no longer have inapproriate admissions and are able to reduce bed occupancy.
  10. by   simon greasley
    Here are some recent things i've been involved in
    http://www.drinkanddrugs.net/drinkan...ews/310706.pdf
    http://www.smmgp.org.uk/html/newslet...15.php#Welcome
    Hope this is of use
    regards
    Simon
  11. by   5thflrnurse
    Hello everyone,
    I was wondering what a typical day is like for a RMN on an inpatient unit in England? (i.e. job responsibilities) Also, has mental health nursing been affected by the NHS job cuts I've been reading about?

    In the US I work as a psychiatric registered nurse, and have a four year college nursing degree, but as I understand it, I cannot work as a mental health nurse without first going back to school for 18 months in the UK.
    Is this correct?
    Thanks very much in advance for your help!
    5thflrnurse
  12. by   sweetpealoubylou
    Hello there :wink2:

    Im starting my mental health diploma in nursing in Oct. Seems to me theres little information on Mental health nursing. I am unsure of which area id like to go into. I have considered possibly eating disorders or solvents abuse. Do you know of any good websites id be grateful for any you can advise on.

    Lou
  13. by   Thanet
    sweetpea,
    Try these for a start.


    NIMHE. (National Institute for Mental Health in England.)
    NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
    BMJ (The British Journal of Psychiatry)
  14. by   sweetpealoubylou
    thanks thanet its much appreciated

    Lou

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