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Survey of roles of community psychiatric nurses and occupational therapists

Survey of roles of community psychiatric nurses and occupational therapists
Survey of roles of community psychiatric nurses and occupational therapists
The roles of community mental health professionals may overlap and need clarifying. A survey is described of 95 occupational therapists (OT) and 200 community psychiatric nurses (CPN), of their views on their respective roles, and information on current practices. Administering medication and crisis intervention were regarded as specifically CPN roles, yet 28% of CPNs did not regularly administer medication. Half of the CPNs' clients were not chronically mentally ill, and over two-thirds of the nurses regularly carried out counselling and anxiety management. Assessing activities of dally living and work skills were seen specifically as OT tasks, yet 60% of the OTs did not usually assess work skills in practice. Roles overlapped considerably, suggesting that a more efficient approach might be to develop a generic core training for community mental health workers.
0955-6036
70-73
Filson, Pam
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Kendrick, Tony
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Filson, Pam
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Kendrick, Tony
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Filson, Pam and Kendrick, Tony (1997) Survey of roles of community psychiatric nurses and occupational therapists. Psychiatric Bulletin, 21 (2), 70-73. (doi:10.1192/pb.21.2.70).

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Abstract

The roles of community mental health professionals may overlap and need clarifying. A survey is described of 95 occupational therapists (OT) and 200 community psychiatric nurses (CPN), of their views on their respective roles, and information on current practices. Administering medication and crisis intervention were regarded as specifically CPN roles, yet 28% of CPNs did not regularly administer medication. Half of the CPNs' clients were not chronically mentally ill, and over two-thirds of the nurses regularly carried out counselling and anxiety management. Assessing activities of dally living and work skills were seen specifically as OT tasks, yet 60% of the OTs did not usually assess work skills in practice. Roles overlapped considerably, suggesting that a more efficient approach might be to develop a generic core training for community mental health workers.

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Published date: 1997
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 353930
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/353930
ISSN: 0955-6036
PURE UUID: dc0b2630-4b9f-4f58-99cf-3320fd47f98f
ORCID for Tony Kendrick: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1618-9381

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Date deposited: 25 Jun 2013 11:05
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:56

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