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The Physical Care of People with Mental Health Problems
A Guide For Best Practice

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January 2013 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This accessible, practical text provides mental health practitioners with the core knowledge and skills they need to be able to care effectively for the physical health of those who have been diagnosed with mental illness.

Linked closely to professional standards, and with a clear values- and evidence-base, the book aims to raise awareness of the physical health needs of individuals with mental health problems, outline the physical health assessment process and suggest health enhancing interventions for use in clinical practice. Consideration will be given to the following aspects of physical wellbeing;

- cardiovascular health

- diabetes

- sexual health

- respiratory health

- cancer

- wound care

- substance misuse

- infection control

- medicine management

Further chapters on legal and ethical issues explain the need to practise appropriately within the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act, while a linking theme throughout the book stresses the importance of health promotion.

Backed up by case examples and with a range of reflective exercises throughout, The Physical Care of People with Mental Health Problems is a key text for students and practitioners working in mental health services. It will also be useful reading for practice nurses, district nurses, midwives and all allied health practitioners.

Mandy Drake
The Physical Health Needs of Individuals with Mental Health Problems
Setting the Scene  
Eve Collins
Physical Health Assessment in Mental Health Practice
Susan Curtis and Sarah Curtis
Understanding Metabolic Syndrome in Mental Health Practice
Siobhan Tranter
Cardiovascular Health in Mental Health Practice
Eve Collins
Respiratory Health in Mental Health Practice
Maureen Deacon
Oncology
Phil Cooper and Jane Neve
The Physical Effects of Commonly Misused Substances on People with Mental Health Problems
Jo Bates
Sexual Health in Mental Health Practice
Louise Shorney and Richard Shorney
Wound Care in Mental Health Practice
Ben Green
Prescribing in Mental Health Practice: The Balancing Act
Clare Street
Promoting Physical Wellbeing
Julie Hughes
Infection Prevention and Control in Mental Health
Maureen Deacon
Legal and Ethical Matters

'This book is very readable and easy to dip in and out of. The action learning points and case studies in particular are useful and will be appreciated by students' -
Sheri Rhodes-Martin, Staffordshire University


'An important addition to an area of mental health that has significant implications for both service users and practitioners. This book will help to update and inform those with responsibilities for supporting holistic care within a mental health context' -
Bruce Wallace, University of Bedfordshire


Logically set out, provides appropriate levels of knowledge relating to physical health needs of individuals experiencing mental health problems. Highlights all key physical concerns.

Mr Billy Ridler
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Robert Gordon University
April 12, 2016

the chapters are well laid out, it is user friendly and contains the information that is important for student mental health nurses.

Heather Rugg
School of Nursing , Midwifery and Interprofessional, University Campus Suffolk
December 21, 2015

The action learning points in each chapter provide useful reflective learning opportunities for the reader, allowing them space to relate the theory discussed to their own experiences of practice.

The 'useful resources' at the end of each chapter are just that. They provide relevant and credible further reading for students to explore the topics further.

The book is written in a style that is easy to engage with and each subject is broken down into small chunks so as not to overwhelm.

Mr Scott Gerrard Macpherson
The School of Nursing & Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
September 7, 2015

useful reading - accessible style - I'm sure this will have a positive impact on those who read it

Mr Marcus Percy
School of Nursing , Midwifery & Social W., Univ. of Manchester
May 17, 2015

We will be using this text as a core text in Stage 2 and 3 of the BN mental health nursing.

Ms D Banks
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
April 11, 2015

I am adopting this book for delivery within lectures to pre- and post-registration nursing students. The mental health nursing practitioner's knowledge of physical health issues is now as important as psychological health. This text is a good starting point to either inform or refresh information associated with the physiological welfare of people with mental health issues.

Mr Thomas Beary
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Hertfordshire University
March 5, 2015

This book is a must for any mental health nurse! The physical care needs of our service users remains an agenda item as we continue to fall somewhat short of the standard required in this area. This is an improtant area for staff to embrace given the shift in how those with physical health needs are now often managed within mental health care settings.

Mrs Berni Addyman
Nursing, Bradford University
March 4, 2015

As someone who works and teaches in mental health I would really recommend this book. I found it easily accessible and something I would advise my students to access in their careers. I can see using this book on a regular basis, in fact I already have.

Mrs Jayne Firestone
School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
January 26, 2015

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are increasingly caring for surgical patients who have mental health problems. Presently there is no requirement for ODPs to have any knowledge around mental health. However this book provides an excellent resource for those who wish to know more.

Mrs Hazel Smith
School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University
January 23, 2015

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