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Attracting more people into mental health nurse education

08 / 10 / 2020

A new report from the Nuffield Trust, commissioned by NHS Employers and the Mental Health Network explores how we can attract more people, from a broad range of backgrounds, to study mental health nursing.

The report, Laying Foundations: Attitudes and access to mental health nurse education provides recommendations span the health and care and educational systems and are relevant to a number of regional partnerships and local bodies involved in the training and recruitment of our mental health nursing workforce.

The recommendations in the report include:

  • To ensure a more accurate and realistic image of the mental health nursing role, career options, work settings and the people mental health nurses care for.
  • To make investment to improve the societal status of mental health nursing and challenge stereotypes of the role.
  • To provide access to positive personal experiences and exposure to mental health services and staff, including sharing good practice through education and work experience.
  • For universities to promote a better understanding of the support and requirements for studying to become a mental health nurse.
  • To urgently improve communication of the level and purpose of cost of living grants across different settings and make sure there is a full range of routes into mental health nursing.

Download the report to find out more.

Attitudes and access to mental heath nurse education webinar

We also hosted a webinar to support the launch of the report.

Watch the webinar recording.

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