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Registered mental health nursing

The increasing demand for improved mental health services nationwide means more employers want to upskill and educate mental health nurses.

The Mental Health Nursing Task and Finish Group concluded nurses have a wide range of skills to offer in mental health services – their basic training specialises in mental health and includes some elements of caring for physical health as well. With this in mind, the development of a mental health nursing career and competency framework to help nurses and services plan for and develop mental health nurses is necessary long term.

HEE will work initially to define the role and unique contribution mental health nurses make to both services and the wider health and social care system. Agreeing this will help us take forward work to help services get the most from mental health nurses and help those working in this role get the most out of their work and career. 

We will work to enable mental health nurses to work at the top of their potential through advanced clinical roles; as well as support them to have upskilling in areas roles unique to mental health, such as non-medical approved clinicians. We will also work in partnership with other initiatives on nursing, such as encouraging people to return to nursing. 

Report from the New Roles Task and Finish Group