Stephanie Dawe, chief nurse at the North East London NHS Foundation Trust, told Nursing Times that in efforts to create more integrated services within the next five to 10 years, she wants all her nurses to be "dual-competent" in both physical and mental health.
Ms Dawe's announcements follow a successful trial of newly qualified nurses at the trust, who held rotational posts in both mental health and adult nursing skills, on wards and throughout the community.
Ms Dawe explained this pledge is based on the simple premise that nurses need to treat the whole individual, as opposed to focusing on either mental or physical health, adding;
"It\'); s about consistency, continuity of care but there was also a business sense thereâ€.
Ms Dawe\'); s personal experience of the care her parents received highlighted gaps in services, which this initiative hopes to address.
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