This project was developed due to a local need, concerning patients accessing clinics with high levels of side-effects from prescribed psychiatric medication and poor physical and psychological health. Issues experienced by patients in this locality mirror national concerns which have been detailed in reports such as the Five-Year Forward View for Mental Health.1
The aim of this project was to enhance and evaluate the current provision of a specific, bespoke, and structured psycho-education for men who are prescribed antipsychotic medication, delivered within a community mental health clinic. The aim of this intervention is to provide enhanced nursing monitoring, optimising men’s physical health, whilst ensuring adherence to medication regimes that support wellbeing.
Within this project, team nurses worked with locality recovery colleges, to engage peer support workers, to enhance service provision, with development of specific social exercise and weight management activities.