We are Mental Health Nursing: leading, advocating and innovating
Mental health nurses are an essential and critical asset in supporting people and communities to live their best lives with optimal mental health across the lifespan. The recent pandemic has highlighted the importance of maintaining and supporting good mental health in our workforce and has led to an increase in mental health acuity and demand in the community. The national mental health nursing team has innovated to support our colleagues in practice, highlighted the unique skills and contribution of mental health nurses and in partnership with our systems has worked to improve patient care and experience as we transition to recovery and beyond. This presentation will showcase the implementation of Professional Nurse Advocates across England, launch the metal health nurse handbook and share innovations made to support the mental health nursing workforce and the communities they support.