What is it about?

Recent evidence strongly supports the implementation of psychological and social interventions for people with psychosis, and in particular the use of cognitive behavioural techniques. This study examines the delivery of psychosocial interventions training to qualified psychiatric nurses and unqualified staff on seven acute psychiatric admission wards in London, UK.

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Why is it important?

The approach had the strength of on-site delivery, follow-up role modelling of the interventions and clinical supervision. Despite this, in some cases the train- ing was less successful, mainly because of staffing and leadership weaknesses. The impact of training in these methods and the implications for mental health education and practice development are discussed.

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It would also be helpful to hear the views and opinions of service users who were receiving the interventions. Nevertheless, important information has been gained from this study in terms of staff training needs and satisfaction with the delivery of these innovative therapeutic approaches.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Training in cognitive behavioural interventions on acute psychiatric inpatient wards, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, April 2005, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2004.00822.x.
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