#Proud to be a nurse

May 12, 2016 at 11:46 am

The aim of this year’s Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Nursing Conference, which was held on May 5 at the Met Hotel, Leeds, was to raise the profile of nursing and celebrate diversity. How did we do? Well, even if you weren’t one of the 152 attendees you may well […]

Why I love being a nurse, by Nicola Ramsey

April 6, 2016 at 11:05 am

I started my journey in nursing as a nursing assistant, which was prior to going into my training at 18 years old. At the time it wasn’t my first choice, I had applied for a number of jobs including florist and scientific officer. There wasn’t anything drawing me to nursing […]

What is an “Advance Statement”?

October 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm

It is a contingency plan or a ‘wish list’ that a service user writes when they are feeling well, in the event of them not being well.  It should cover what they would like to happen concerning their wellbeing, in addition to choices in care and treatment.  It can let […]

Why I became a Dementia Friends Champion

June 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm

I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because I really believe in the initiative, I know that people can live well with dementia but I worry about the stigma and myths many people hold about Dementia. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative funded by the Department of […]

Building a Culture of Compassion

June 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Development day for Clinical Team at Towngate House IPS On 28th January 2014, the whole of the clinical team at Towngate House IPS, (part of the rehab and recovery service) had a development day. Nursing staff, Health support staff, Medical staff, and OT staff, spent the day reviewing and reflecting […]

6C bingo and courage at Leeds Gender Identity Service

June 10, 2014 at 12:58 pm

6C bingo and courage at Leeds Gender Identity Service Take a look at the following advertisement to help nurses to think about the 6 Cs: “Have you ever tried to work out what your role as a nurse is?  The 6 Cs can help.  If you are ever feeling lost about […]

How observed practice can demonstrate the 6Cs

June 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

For some time, Allied Health Professionals have been using observed practice to develop their practice. It involves thinking about what areas we would like to improve upon and asking someone to help us in this quest by observing an area of practice, then giving constructive feedback. Many who have used […]

Remember November

December 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

November has just come and gone and over the weekend I found myself thinking about how November is very much connected with remembrance.  On the 2nd of the month is All Souls Day – the “day of the dead”, shortly after that is Remembrance Sunday.  Such days are moments when we […]

Understanding Community Treatment Orders – a research project

October 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

My name is Lee Marklew and I work in the Assertive Outreach Team currently based at St Mary’s Hospital. I am a (very!) mature student undertaking a part-time PhD at the University of Leeds funded year-on-year by The Florence Nightingale Foundation. I came into mental health nursing late in life […]

My message to NHS graduate trainees

September 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Today is the 2 of September.  I was reminded via Twitter that today is the day when all of the new NHS graduate trainees are joining the NHS. It also occurred to me that in many places today is the start of the new school year. For some children this […]