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;
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.
'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