Stephanie Dawe - Chief Nurse at North East London NHS Foundation Trust announced last week to Nursing Times, that she has pledged that all her nurses to be “dual-competent” in both physical and mental health within the next 5-10 years. The aim of this approach will be to ensure that all nursing staff are able to deliver holistic care which in turn will support wider efforts in creating more integrated services.
This pledge follows a successful rotational trial of rotational posts at the Trust whereby newly qualified nurses developed skills and experience in both mental health care and nursing, working on wards and within community settings. Ms Dawe explained to the Nursing Times that the concept had been initiated as a result of recognising that patients often have a combination of both physical care and mental health needs. Being able to treat the whole individual through the care of one nurse is more preferable, more holistic and financially beneficial to both the patient and the Trust.
The trial was led by Practice Facilitator Paul Chesnaye whose research into the skills and experiences of nursing students, found that most has almost “no experience of mental health at all” compared to the Trusts registered mental health nurses.
There are a new number of rotational posts currently being offered by North East London NHS Foundation Trust and further information is available from Paul Chesnaye at email@example.com