to resolve "tensions" between psychiatrists and patients
national guidance has been unveiled on how to help resolve conflicts
and tensions between psychiatrists and patients.
trusts and commissioners of mental health services have been issued
with guidance to assist them in helping psychiatrists to build "new
ways of working”.
guidance, produced by the Department of Health, the Royal College
of Psychiatrists and other mental health bodies, states psychiatrists
and patients often have "unspoken expectations, which can result
in conflicting perspectives and viewpoints".
Such misunderstandings can lead to "tensions in working relationships
and in relationships with users and carers”, states the guidance.
guidance reads: "Mental health policy in the UK has been undergoing
modernisation in recent years. The
direction of travel has been towards community based, person-centred
services within a context of social inclusion.
need for capability development to work in partnership with people
who use services and their families, using recovery, values and
evidence based practice has also emerged."
Joint guidance on the employment of
consultant psychiatrists (pdf)
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