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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
How to get involved
There are several NADG subgoups that
would welcome your involvement:
- Mental Health Nurse Consultants
- Mental Health Nurses in Research
- Nurse Exectuive Directors in Mental
- 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,
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
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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