1st Edition

Working in Mental Health Practice and Policy in a Changing Environment

Edited By Peter Phillips, Tom Sandford, Claire Johnston Copyright 2012
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    A paradigm shift in the ways in which mental health services are delivered is happening—both for service users and for professional mental healthcare workers. The landscape is being changed by a more influential service user movement, a range of new community-based mental healthcare programmes delivered by an increasing plurality of providers, and new mental health policy and legislation.

    Written by a team of experienced authors and drawing on their expertise in policy and clinical leadership, Working in Mental Health: Practice and Policy in a Changing Environment explains how mental health services staff can operate and contribute in this new environment. Divided into three parts, the first focuses on the socio-political environment, incorporating service user perspectives. The second section looks at current themes and ways of working in mental health. It includes chapters on recovery, the IAPT programme, and mental healthcare for specific vulnerable populations. The final part explores new and future challenges, such as changing professional roles and commissioning services. The book focuses throughout on the importance of public health approaches to mental healthcare.

    This important text will be of interest to all those studying and working in mental healthcare, whether from a nursing, medical, social work or allied health background.

    Foreword: The Economic Context Shaping the Development of Mental Health Services / Michael Parsonage  Part 1: Mental Healthcare and the Socio-political Environment  1. UK Mental Health Policy Development: A Framework for Meaningful Change / Andrew McCulloch and Simon Lawton-Smith  2. UK Mental Health Policy Development: A Counter Argument Deriving From Users' Experiences / Rachel E. Perkins  3. Collaborative Partnerships with Service Users: Models That Work / Alan Simpson  4. The Care Pathway Approach: A Contemporary, Inclusive and Outcome Focused Rationale for Service Provision / Sylvia Tang  Part 2: Characteristics of New Mental Health Services  5. Home Treatment for Mental Health Crises: Presenting the Evidence and Potential for Improvement / Fiona Nolan  6. Contemporary Rehabilitation / Helen Killaspy  7. Recovery: A Journey of Discovery for Individuals and Services / Julie Repper and Rachel E. Perkins  8. Drugs, Drink and Mental Health: The Impact and Consequences of Dual Diagnosis for Mental Health Service Delivery / Liz Hughes and Peter Phillips  9. Gender-specific Mental Healthcare: The Case for Women-Centred Care / Louise Phillips and Ann Jackson  10. Race, Ethnicity and Mental Healthcare / Hári Sewell  11. Age-specific Service Lines / Chris Fox, Siobhan Reilly, Steve Iliffe and Jill Manthorpe  12. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies: Practice and Policy in a Changing Environment / John Cape and Caroline Humphries  Part 3: The New Territory  13. Delivering New Services: Changes in Professional Roles / Sally Hardy and Neil Brimblecombe  14. Delivering Physical Healthcare in Modern Mental Health Services: What Works and Why We All Have to Bother / David Osborn  15. Commissioning New Mental Health Services / David Jobbins  16. Working in Mental Health: Practice and Policy in a Changing Environment: Conclusions / Tom Sandford, Claire Johnston and Peter Phillips


    Peter Phillips is Senior Lecturer in Addiction at City University London and Honorary Lecturer in Social and Community Mental Health at University College London.

    Tom Sandford is Executive Director of services across England for the Royal College of Nursing. His previous roles in the organisation include five years as a mental health policy adviser and three years as London Regional Director.

    Claire Johnston is the Director of Nursing for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and substance misuse services in central London. 

    'As an ex-professional in mental health services, this book is exactly what I need. Written in clear and concise language, this book lays out accessibly what has been done, how things are, and what needs to be done in the vast and complex arena of mental health services.' – Jo Brand, comedian and former mental health nurse.

    'Public health professionals will find this book a valuable guide for working with clinical comissioning groups and local authorities on improving the quality and outcomes of mental health services.' - Amanda Killoran, Public Health Today