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CR105 ‘Patients as parents’ has been revised by a working group led by Carol Henshaw, and the updated document has now been published as CR164


A review of the British research evidence for recovery (papers published between 2006 and 2009) has just been published in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing:



Primary Care Mental Health

Primary care is usually the first port of call for people with mental health problems and plays an increasingly important role in developing and delivering mental health services. Indeed, 90% of all patients with mental health problems (including 30–50% of all those with serious mental illness) only use primary care services.


How can practitioners in primary care best respond to psychiatric presentations? In this book, internationally respected authors provide a conceptual background and dispense practical advice for the clinician. They discuss ways of improving joint working between primary and secondary care, as well as issues affecting the professional development of all practitioners within primary care teams.



Better Acute Mental Healthcare Workbook

From the DoH newsletter:  (Gateway reference number: 9676)

Laying the Foundations is a service redesign and capital investment workbook. It is designed to assist those involved in the review, planning and redesign of adult acute mental health services, and informs any related capital development proposals.


Action: This has particular relevance for chief executives of all providers and commissioners of adult acute mental health services, in light of the current Healthcare Commission’s inpatient service review.








  • NHS Evidence (Gateway reference number: 11886) provides access to a comprehensive evidence base for everyone in health and social care who takes decisions about treatments or the use of resources – including clinicians, commissioners and service managers.



  • Mental Capacity Act Resources - The letter on the Department of Health website sets out the resources previously announced and being made available for the health sector for the year 2008/09 for work in relation to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.












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