Medicines are a crucial part of the jigsaw when considering how to provide recovery-focussed care in mental health. It is important that mental health nurses understand how psychiatric drugs work, what the common treatments are and appreciate the ethical and legal dimensions that affect how medicines can and should be used in mental health care. Using innovative activities and real-life case studies, this book has been carefully designed to provide all this and more making it the ideal resource to build knowledge and confidence in this crucial area of practice.
· Clear explanations of both the underlying biology and pharmacology as well as the wider practicalities of working with medicines
· Provides accessible information on the most common conditions and treatments
· Linked to the NMC standards and essential skills clusters
· Activities and case studies help students to apply what they have learnt to practice and consider the full impact that medicines will have on service users
1. The opening chapter on calculations/numeracy will be removed.
2. The pharmacology content will be extended and presented more prominently as a new chapter 5 that follows on from the A&P chapter. This chapter will contain content from the medicines interaction chapter
3. In line with reviewer feedback, more detailed discussion of concordance and adherence along with self-medication will be added. This will appear within Chapter 3 on the therapeutic alliance and also within case studies and activities.
4. Covert medications – particularly in relation to older people – will be covered along with discussion of polypharmacy in older people
5. Miscellaneous individual comments from the reviewers to be considered as part of the general updating of the whole book
6. All chapters will be re-read to check they remain up to date (to include the latest drugs approved by NICE) along with references. 20% of the activities and case studies will be changed in new editions to ensure that they reflect the contemporary issues students are likely to face on their placements.