Oxford Textbook of Inpatient Psychiatry

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Oxford University Press, Jun 7, 2019 - 352 pages
Inpatient mental health care is an essential part of community-based mental health care in the UK. Patients admitted to acute mental health wards are often experiencing high levels of distress and acute mental illness and need to be assessed, managed, and treated by a wide team of mental health care professionals. Inpatient care is often a traumatic experience for patients and their relatives which can define their relationship with mental health care services. Reforming inpatient psychiatry is a priority for both patients and staff, yet there are few reference texts on this psychiatric specialty.

The Oxford Textbook of Inpatient Psychiatry bridges this gap by offering a comprehensive and pragmatic guide to the UK's inpatient mental health care system today. Written and edited by a multidisciplinary team, this innovative resource discusses the real-life experiences and challenges of a wide range of professionals working on acute mental health wards. Organized into 8 sections this resource covers nursing, team leadership, multidisciplinary work, psychology, and medical aspects. Individual chapters address key topics such as the management of children and adolescents, and contain information on up-to-date research and best practice.

Focusing on the dignity and autonomy of patients, this unique resource offers a model for clinical and organizational practice both at a national and international level.


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SECTION 1 The context of acute inpatientpsychiatric care
SECTION 2 Team leadership and multidisciplinary work
SECTION 3 Medical aspects
SECTION 4 Nursing aspects
SECTION 5 Psychological aspects
SECTION 6 Diversity advocacy staffing issues
SECTION 7 Specialist services across the life span

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About the author (2019)

Alvaro Barrera, Consultant Psychiatrist, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford, UK, Caroline Attard, Consultant Nurse and Head of Quality improvement programme, Berkshire Health Care Foundation Trust, UK, Rob Chaplin, Clinical Lead for Accreditation at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Centre for Quality Improvement, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK

Alvaro Barrera is a Consultant Psychiatrist, at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford, an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Oxford University Department of Psychiatry, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He completed a MSc in neurobiology and behavioural science and subsequently completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he also trained in neuropsychiatry. His research interests comprise transforming inpatient care using digital technology and organisational approaches, the psychopathology and cognitive neuroscience of severe mental illness, as well as empathy in clinical psychiatry.
Caroline Attard is currently the Director of Quality Improvement working in Berkshire Health Foundation Trust in the UK. Her career and expertise spans over 20 years working in her native country Malta and in the United Kingdom. She specialises in in-patient mental health nursing and Quality Improvement. She has worked as an in-patient mental health Nurse Consultant which consisted of education, clinical leadership, research and service improvement. Caroline has taught on under and post graduate level mental health nursing programmes at various universities. She has also developed and facilitated various in-house training programmes on a variety of subjects including suicide prevention, risk training and psycho social interventions. She has developed a preceptorship programme for newly qualified mental health. nurses which focuses on resilience and uses methods such as action learning sets and quality improvement methodology

Rob Chaplin has recently retired from the National Health Service where he worked in an inpatient and formerly community mental health care as a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry. He is currently working as Clinical Lead for Accreditation at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Centre for Quality Improvement. He worked in Oxford, UK for the last 16 years at the Warneford and Littlemore Hospitals and has co authored more than 60 peer reviewed publications in the field of mental health service research. He has trained doctors at all stages of psychiatric training.

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