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Supporting young people who are leaving child and adolescent mental health services

Why you should read this article: • To recognise the challenges faced by young people, families and clinicians at discharge from CAMHS • To enhance your understanding of the benefits of personalised care planning • To read how the Positive Pathways service in Essex supports young people leaving CAMHS Transitioning from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to adult services can be challenging for young people, their families and clinicians. Assessment of, and support for, young people’s needs at the point of transition can be enhanced through personalised care and support planning. This article describes a service improvement project which aimed to provide ‘step-down’ support for young people on discharge from a CAMHS. The service, called Positive Pathways, involved collaborative personalised care planning with a dedicated youth facilitator, social prescribing, and in some cases the provision of a personal health budget, to enable young people to access individualised support in their local community.

Providing specialist clinical support for adoptive parents and adoption professionals

Why you should read this article: • To read about the core aspects of the role of a specialist practitioner lead for adoption in a CAMHS team • To be aware of various methods of delivering advice, training, education and support to adoptive parents and adoption professionals • To appreciate the value of social science research expertise in developing clinical support for adoptive parents and adoption professionals Children who are adopted are at greater risk of experiencing mental health issues than their nonadopted peers. This has influenced the development of dedicated care pathways, teams and clinical posts for adopted children in child and adolescent mental health services. This article describes the role of a specialist practitioner lead for adoption, detailing the core duties, which include providing consultation clinics for professionals and parents, providing mental health awareness training for prospective adopters and the introduction of a group-based psychoeducation intervention. The article provides practice-based reflection and service evaluation findings on these core duties. Changes in practice during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and the shift to remote care delivery, as well as the support role provided by nursing students and assistant and trainee psychologists during the consultation clinics, are also discussed.

Online mindfulness-based interventions and their use in mental health practice

Online mindfulness-based interventions and their use in mental health practice

The benefits and limitations of such interventions for people with mental health issues

Where do mental health nurses work on registration and in their early career? Results from the evaluation of a nursing programme

Where do mental health nurses work on registration and in their early career?

Exploring the factors influencing newly registered mental health nurses’ choice of first role

Supporting mental fitness in professional rugby league match officials

Supporting mental fitness in professional rugby league match officials

Abuse experienced by officials can negatively affect their mental health and well-being

Examining the preventive health-screening activities of mental health nurses

Examining the preventive health-screening activities of mental health nurses

Screening is crucial for early detection of a range of physical conditions and risk factors

CPD articles

Restrictive interventions: understanding and reducing their use in mental health settings

Understanding and reducing use of restrictive interventions in mental health settings

Enhance your awareness of ethical issues and legal frameworks around such interventions

Using quality improvement to enhance mental healthcare

Using quality improvement to enhance mental healthcare

The methods, tools and techniques used in quality improvement with details of a case study

Implementing cultural safety to enhance the care of mental health service users

Implementing cultural safety to enhance the care of mental health service users

Increase your awareness and understanding of the concept of cultural safety

Supporting people who are experiencing domestic abuse

Mental health nurses have a vital role in identifying domestic abuse and safeguarding

Exploring the therapeutic relationship in nursing theory and practice

Exploring the therapeutic relationship in nursing theory and practice

In such relationships, nurses should demonstrate self-awareness, empathy and professionalism

Supporting women’s sexual safety in acute mental health settings

Supporting women’s sexual safety in acute mental health settings

Concerns have been raised about sexual safety in mental health inpatient wards in the UK

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