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Mental Health, as one of the Govenrment's key priorities, is central to the work of all nurses, not only those working in mental health settings. The breadth and scope of the mental health nursing agenda requires robust, sustainable, comprehensive reference and consultation mechanisms, to support both policy development and implementation: these are the roles the NADG hopes to perform.

NADG has developed a work programme that responds to, and anticipates, the nursing contribution to policy developments and policy implementation. NADG provides expert consultation, commentary and communication on all matters relating to mental health nursing.

Mental Health Nurses are a very diverse group. Amonst the 42,000 registered practitioners in England, nurses may be defined by their clinical focus, age, diagnostic criteria or location of service delivery. Expertise across such a wide range of specialities cannot be located with one individual or within one organisation. With this in mind members of the NADG have deliberately been chosen to represent all the key constitutencies from within mental health nursing.

The NADG meets quarterly at different development centres, by rotation and disseminates its work through constituent subgroups, Strategic Health Authorities and NIMHE Development Centres.

Update on Progress

NADG has been meeting now for a year and there are currently programmes of work on leadership, nurse prescribing, modern matrons, supporting international initiatives, and the early development of a position statement for mental health nursing. The group has commented on a variety of documents and policies, most recently the proposed changes to Mental Health Legislation.

The group's September meeting in Birmingham included presentations from the following people about their roles, which can be downloaded:

How to get involved

There are several NADG subgoups that would welcome your involvement:

  • Mental Health Nurse Consultants
  • Mental Health Nurses in Research and Education
  • Nurse Exectuive Directors in Mental Health
  • Modern Matrons in Mental Health

Local Open Meetings

Before each quarterly meeting, we hold an open forum for all mental health nurses, and interested others, from the area in which we are meeting. The next open meeting will be in Colchester (The Marks Tey Hotel, London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Exxex CO6 1DU) afrom 7-9pm on Monday 8 March 2004. All welcome, both qualified and unqualified nurses, and others.

Come and meet the Chairs of the group, Prof Charlie Brooker and Dr Neil Brimblecombe. This is your chance to tell us what matters to you, and what you would like to see the NADG discuss. We look forward to seeing you there.

Further meetings are planned in the following development centre regions:

  • June 2004 - London
  • September 2004 -South East
  • December 2004 - East Midlands

Contact Details

For further information and for details of nurse consultants, mental health nurse executives, mental health nurse research and education group members, please contact the co-Chair:
Dr Neil Brimblecombe, Acting Director of Mental Health Nursing, Department of Health, Wellington House, 133-155 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UG
Tel: 0207 972 4851; email: [email protected]

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Neil Brimblecombe

Download Presentations

  • Mental Health Nurse Prescribing
  • Social Care
  • NADG Executive Summary
  • Primary Care Nursing
  • Equalities
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