18 August 2016
ECT team changes national practice
Following leading work in AWP, nurses can now administer
electroconvulsive treatment across the UK.
The Royal College of Psychiatry ECT has accepted the results of an
AWP led national pilot study to train experienced specialist nurses
to deliver ECT treatment as well as doctors.
This new practice, which gives patients better continuity of
care and gives ECT nurses a chance to expand their role, was first
proposed by our own Lead ECT nurse John Leyden, who is also ECT
nurse representative for England Wales and N. Ireland on the Royal
College of Psychiatry ECT special interest group.
Four years on, following a successful national pilot study, nurse
administered ECT treatment was accepted by the Royal College in
July of this year!
John says, "I am delighted to finally see nurse administered ECT
treatment accepted. I have been involved in many projects with the
committee but none as far reaching as this. This now means ECT
treatments being given by the same staff, who can be a familar face
to patients receiving treatment.
Congratulations to John and his team on what is now an
international achievement, with many countries now looking to
expand to nurse administered ECT treatment as a result of their
Electroconvulsive treatment is one of the most effective
treatments for severe, disabling and often life threatening