• Being able to engage with service users and communicate effectively is a fundamental skill identified by the NMC and required of all mental health nurses. The reality is that building rapport and developing therapeutic relationships does not come instinctively for everyone. The authors have responded to this with a book that explains the different communication theories and models and goes on to show students how they work in the real world. Innovative exercises encourage reflection and enable students to practice their developing communication skills as they progress. Throughout the book the authors are focussed on promoting recovery and have put the service user at the centre of the discussion, ensuring that their voice is heard.

    Key features:
    /> - Covers the communication content of the new NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters for pre-registration degree-level nursing education
    - Focussed on promoting recovery and adopts a person-centred approach
    - Interactive style using realistic scenarios and case studies making theory easy to apply to practice
    - Includes a chapter co-authored by a service user offering a unique insight.

  • In order to give high quality care it is essential that mental health nurses have a solid grasp of the most common therapies and interventions used in mental healthcare. If nurses understand what the various interventions involve then they will be much better equipped to support patients through their recovery. This is a practical, engaging introduction to the major psychosocial interventions that demonstrates to students what the interventions are, why they are important and how they can be used.

    Key features

    - Interactive approach through realistic case studies that show how interventions can work to promote recovery
    - A patient centred approach considers the social as well as psychological aspects of mental healthcare
    - Each chapter is mapped to the relevant NMC standards and Essential Skills Clusters so that readers can see how they are meeting their professional requirements
    - Activities throughout challenge the reader to think critically and develop graduate skills