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Division of Nursing

Division of Nursing
The University of Nottingham
B Floor (South Block Link)
Queen's Medical Centre
T:+44 (0)115 8 230 850
  • Project Partners
  • NHS National Institue for Health Research
  • University of Plymouth
  • Manchester 1824

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Nurses are the biggest professional group in mental health in the UK. They are recognised as central to delivering helpful services. Their work is valued highly by users. Several health, social care and legal changes in recent years mean that nurses are now thinking of the best way of continuing to provide the nursing care users and carers need. To help nurses in this task, the Government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England carried out a review of mental health nursing by asking users, carers, nurses, and other interested groups, about their views of mental health nursing. After doing this, the Government issued a report recommending 16 ways for services to improve mental health nursing for the benefit of users and carers.

Recently, the Government asked for proposals to consider how Trusts are doing in meeting these recommendations; this is the aim of our study. Working in partnership users and carers, we will first carry out a survey of mental health services, including Universities, and ask them how they are doing in using the Chief Nursing Officer's recommendations. We will then choose a small number of services and explore with them in some detail what enables them to use the recommendations, and what stops them. At this time, and again with the help of users, we will suggest ways to help them use the recommendations. Once we have done this, we will then do another survey to see if services are using the recommendations any better. Once we have examined the results we will be in a position to advise services, and the Government, on what are the best ways of using the Chief Nursing Officer’s recommendations so that service users and carers get a better mental health service.


  • CNO Review Final Report Published

    The final report an Evaluation of the CNO Review of Mental Health Nursing in England has now been published and can be downloaded from this website. Please send any comments to Professor Patrick Callaghan

  • The evaluation of the CNO Review of Mental Health Nursing is now complete

    The evaluation of the CNO Review of Mental Health Nursing is now complete and the final report has been submitted to the Department of Health. Dissemination of the evaluation will take place in the near future and details will be published on this site