Information for health professionals
Leaflets    Reports    Online
 
Factsheets    Booklets    Audio
 
Surveys    Toolkets    Links
 
 
Leaflets:
 
Checklists for Health professionals
Checklists for health professionals and psychiatrists to use when involved in a consultation with carers of people with mental health problems or parents of children with mental health problems.
 
Source: The Royal College of Psychiatrists & The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
 
 
Medicines Management: Everybody’s Business
Leaflet to support health and social care professionals with medicines management, highlighting positive practices to support people taking medicines for mental health conditions. Focuses on a patient-centred approach to medicine taking.

Source: NIMHE National Workforce Programme
http://www.newwaysofworking.org.uk/pdf/0402_mmsuleafletexb.pdf
 
 
Yellow Card Scheme
A scheme for health professionals to report any side effects or adverse events their patients experience with medicines. Using an online or postal form, health professionals can inform the MHRA about any side effects that may have been experienced with a particular medicine.
 
Source: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)
 
 
Reports:
 
Report - Talking about medicines: The management of medicines in trusts providing mental health services
Report on findings from a survey of medicines management in 42 mental health trusts including recommendations on how to improve medicines management.
 
Source: The Healthcare Commission
 
 
Coping with coming off - Report
Report focusing on research from MIND on people’s experiences of tried to come off psychiatric drugs including why people want to stop taking medication, the attitudes of their doctors to their decision, the difficulties they experienced, what factors helped those who were successful, and what benefits people who succeeded in coming off identified.
 
Source: Mind
 
 
A Question of Choice – Compliance with medicine for psychotic condition
Chapter from book – A Question of Choice – considering the evidence on medicine taking for psychotic conditions including evidence based approaches to improving compliance.
 
Source: Medicines Partnership now part of the National Prescribing Centre
 
 
Side Effects – report from Rethink
Report on the mental health service users' experiences of the side effects of anti-psychotic medication. Highlights the need for more recognition of the impact of side effects, the need for more choice over medicines and the need for investment into new medicines with fewer side effects.
 
Source: Rethink
 
 
All about…. Series of booklets on mental health conditions
A report on the availability of community-based pharmaceutical care for older people with mental health needs and how many older people cease taking their medication.
 
Source: Mental Health Foundation
 
 
Choice in Mental Health
Information on choice in decisions about mental health issues including a literature review which aimed to identify what tools there are to help people make meaningful choices; what media are effective in facilitating decision-making; and to what extent methods such as advance directives might be used.
 
Source: The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
 
 
Drug Safety Update Bulletin
Regular monthly electronic bulletins with information about the safe use of medicines. It is intended for all healthcare professionals and includes medicines for people with mental health problems.
 
Source: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)
 
 
Online:
 
Clinical Knowledge Summaries on mental health topics
CKS replaces Prodigy as a source of clinical information on a range of topics, including mental health.
Crucially there is information on medicines management for a range of mental health problems including information on what advice to give people starting new medication for a mental health condition.
 
Source: National Library for Health
 
 
Yellow Card Scheme
A scheme for health professionals to report any side effects or adverse events their patients experience with medicines. Using an online or postal form, health professionals can inform the MHRA about any side effects that may have been experienced with a particular medicine.
 
Source: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)
 
 
Factsheets
No resources available.
 
Booklets
 
Advance Directives in Mental Health
A guide for mental health professionals working with service users on advance directives. Covers ideological, legal and medical aspects of ensuring that a person's views are known if he or she should become mentally incapable of giving consent to treatment, or making informed choices about treatment, at some future time.
 
Source: Author: Jacqueline Atkinson
  
 
Audio
No resources available.
 
Surveys 
No resources available. 
 
Toolkits
 
Dual Diagnosis Toolkit
A toolkit to help health professionals and practitioners support people with substance misuse and mental health problems including treatment models.
 
Source: Rethink and Turning Point
 
 
Links
 
Clinical Knowledge Summaries on mental health topics
CKS replaces Prodigy as a source of clinical information on a range of topics, including mental health.
Crucially there is information on medicines management for a range of mental health problems including information on what advice to give people starting new medication for a mental health condition.
 
Source: National Library for Health
 
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