18 February 2021
Recognising the vital contribution our ‘super hero’ mental health nurses play in supporting people
"I can't praise them enough, especially in current
times. You have to go a long way to find any better."
Those are the words of Eddie, who is a carer for someone with a
mental health condition. He recognises the vital role mental health
nurses play in helping people to achieve the outcomes that are
important to them.
On Mental Health Nurses Day (Sunday 21st February)
Eddie is supporting Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership
(AWP) NHS Trust to celebrate mental health nurses and say thank you
for the compassion and care they provide to support people with a
range of complex mental health conditions.
Eddie, said: "The nurses are very on the ball, getting service
users and carers involved. I can't praise them enough, especially
in current times. They have all been excellent and I have a good
rapport with them all. They are always willing to discuss things
with you, pointing you in the right direction if you need help. All
the help I have requested I have received. They are all individuals
with different ways of approaching things, and I have always been
treated with respect, they are courteous and you have to go a long
way to find any better."
AWP employs over 1,300 nurses who provide inpatient and
community based care across Bristol, North Somerset, South
Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and
Katie, a service user at AWP, said: "Mental Health nurses have
had a positive impact on my care. When being in hospital the care
that nurses provide has really helped with my recovery. From
reassurance around medication, to conversations about my distress,
distraction and encouraging me to come out of my room have all been
so helpful. Nurses who are kind and professional have helped me in
my continued recovery. When being assessed or receiving treatment,
I can't thank mental health nurses enough for all they have done
for me. Thank you."
Mental Health Nursing at AWP
Mental Health Nurses work in a range of roles and settings
including secure, eating disorders, drug and alcohol, perinatal and
learning disability services, as well as Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and services for veterans and deaf
people with mental health conditions.
Elena Ely is a community nurse manager for the Bath and North
East Somerset early intervention in psychosis team. She said: "I
have been a mental health nurse for over 30 years, and if I had my
time over again, I would have made the same decision. I have found
it to be a challenging, rewarding and very interesting profession.
The sense of accomplishment it brings when you see people overcome
difficulties and move on with their lives is unique. As I come
towards the end of my career as a nurse, I can truly say that my
life has been enriched by my choice of profession. Never bored and
Julie Kerry, Director of Nursing and Quality, at Avon and
Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust, said: "We are
so proud of all our nursing staff for the compassionate and
dedicated care they provide to our patients, not just during the
pandemic, but at all times. It's been a really tough 12 months for
everyone, including our nursing teams, who have had to adapt to new
ways of working in order to support our patients and their
colleagues. On Mental Health Nurses Day we are recognising the
challenges our nurses have faced and embraced and we're saying
thank you for all they are doing to keep the excellent care and
support of our patients and service users at the core of what they
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust has
a variety of nursing roles available to anyone considering a career
in mental health nursing, looking for a new challenge or those
thinking about returning to practice.
If you're interested in a career in mental health nursing click
here or to find out about opportunities at AWP click here