This report was commissioned by NHS Employers and the Mental Health Network. It 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.