Nurses call for mental health training

Nurses have demanded further training on mental health and depression, after quality framework data for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland showed practices scored fewest points in these clinical domains.

They also called for a fairer share of quality framework profits.

Overall scores for 2006/7 show that practices maintained high achievement, ranging from an average 94.7 per cent of available points in Wales to 97.8 in Northern Ireland.

But overall achievement far outstripped scores in the depression and mental health domains.

RCN primary care adviser Lynn Young said practice nurses and nurse practitioners needed more training to improve handling of these conditions in primary care.

Pay incentives for nurses were also important, she said. ‘Practices need to make more effort to share profits.’

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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