- • Clinical practice in acute inpatient environments can be both complex and demanding for clinicians. Often, the majority of nursing staff working in such environments are recently qualified with limited experience, as these clinical areas are considered the right place to consolidate knowledge following registration.
- • In this paper, we describe an evaluation of a mental health staff practice development training programme aimed to enhance clinicians’ skills and optimise service users’ experience of hospitalization.
- • Clinicians found the training course to be motivating and valuable to their daily clinical practice. At follow-up, they reported an increased sense of competence and confidence when interacting with service users.
- • It is possible for healthcare professionals to achieve enhanced interaction and therapeutic skills with a short, focused education programme. Further research is needed to investigate the impact of service user involvement during the design and facilitation of the programme.