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Training mental health nurses in the United Kingdom– a historical overview. Part Two: 1948 onwards

Chatterton, Claire (2015). Training mental health nurses in the United Kingdom– a historical overview. Part Two: 1948 onwards. Bulletin of the UK Association for the History of Nursing., 4 pp. 5–14.

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Abstract

Mental health nursing in the United Kingdom (UK) has developed as, and continues to be, a distinct area of nursing practice. Unlike countries such as the USA, the UK has never embraced the generic model for nursing and it is still possible to train and be registered as a nurse in four separate fields – general, mental health, learning disability and children’s nursing. In this article the history of the training of those who specialised in mental health nursing is considered and discussed. The content of this training is analysed as is the changing, and often contentious ideas, about what the knowledge base of mental health nursing practice should be. The influences on this are also discussed, particularly the role of medicine (psychiatrists) and general nursing.

This article covers the period after 1948 and the introduction of the British National Health Service until the present.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 2049-9744
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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Item ID: 50412
Depositing User: Claire Chatterton
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2017 14:34
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 19:24
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/50412
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