New guidance for mental health nurses to address physical health needs

May 2016

New guidance for mental health nurses to address physical health needs.

A number of action areas such as smoking cessation, obesity, alcohol abuse, physical activity, dental health and medication adherence were highlighted as key areas where mental health nurses can make a significant impact.

Each area outlines why mental health nurses need to take action, the steps they can take with patients to help them and links to other resources. The document aims to ensure that people with mental illness have the same level of access to physical health checks as the rest of the population.