What is mental health nursing?

Mental health nursing is a specialisation of nursing, concerned with mental health care. A registered mental health nurse works with people with mental health problems. Their duty involves promoting and supporting a person's recovery and enabling them to have more involvement and control over their condition.

What role does a mental health nurse play in a multidisciplinary eating disorder service?

Our mental health nurse at The Bridge is responsible for overseeing each patient’s individual journey. From the initial assessment, they will meet with the child or young person weekly to discuss their progress with the other therapists. Our mental health nurse ensures that each child or young person, and their parents/carers if appropriate, are happy with their treatment progress. The mental health nurse offers advice and support to the young person and their families, and provides a safe space to talk about any aspect of their recovery.

When would a child or young person benefit from seeing The Bridge’s mental health nurse?

As well as being our care coordinator, our mental health nurse is highly experienced and specialised in safeguarding each young person to ensure their mental health is improving during their treatment. Our mental health nurse builds a trusting and meaningful relationship with the young person, and is motivated to empower them to develop positive behaviours.

How do mental health nurse reviews help a child or young person with an eating disorder?

As part of the treatment here at The Bridge, each child/young adult will have weekly Mental Health Nurse reviews. These will be an integral part of the programme where the young person will have 1:1 time with a registered mental health nurse for an hour a week. During the reviews, the young person will be weighed and given the support that they may require after this. Physical observations will be carried out also, such as blood pressure, pulse and respirations.

The time will be used to get feedback on how the past week has been regards meal compliance and other eating disorder behaviours. It is also an opportunity for the young person to discuss how they are feeling regards any negative thoughts that may be occurring, aspects of their treatment they may be struggling with and also reviewing progress that has been made.It offers the young person a safe place to speak about how they are feeling in a supportive and trusting environment.

Evidence based techniques and approaches will be used to help each person challenge their eating disordered thinking and become mindful as to what is fuelling their actions. It is also where plans for the week ahead will be put in place and different challenges will be agreed with young person to try and complete.

What does a mental health nurse assessment involve?

We offer an initial assessment by a Registered Mental Health Nurse, who is trained and specialised in eating disorders. By offering a nurse led service we can make sure we are offering the treatment that is suitable and required for your recovery. The assessment will last approximately two hours. Within this time there will be an in depth discussion with both the young person and their parents/carers. It will cover history of the disordered eating, family history, physical health and much more.

It will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions about the treatment and what to expect. It allows your care coordinator the chance to see what would be best route to take for the next few months of treatment. Following the assessment the nurse will decide if it is appropriate to have a further assessment with the dietitian and/or counselling psychologist. Following the initial assessment, an individualised care plan will be put in place for the young person and this will help how the weekly reviews will be shaped.

Summary

Our mental health nurse at The Bridge is responsible for overseeing each patient’s individual journey. Our mental health nurse builds a trusting and meaningful relationship with the child or young person and their family, and is motivated to empower them to develop positive behaviours. By offering a nurse led service we can make sure we are offering the treatment that is suitable and required for your recovery. Following the initial assessment, an individualised care plan will be put in place for the young person and this will help how the weekly reviews will be shaped. Evidence based techniques and approaches will be used to help each person challenge their eating disordered thinking and become mindful as to what is fuelling their actions. The mental health nurse offers advice and support to the young person and their families, and provides a safe space to talk about any aspect of their recovery.

Our team can help you to live a normal and healthy life outside of your treatment. We always work with you at the centre of our service, and treatment will be at a pace to suit you. If you want help with any of the issues discussed then please discuss with your parent or carer if required, or contact us.

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