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The working lives of paid carers from 1800 to the 1990s

interesting link between efforts to resolve the early NHS staffing crisis in mental hospitals (informed by parallel initiatives across other branches of nursing) and the emergence of a distinctive critique of the asylum as a past, present and future locus of mental health care that had no counterpoint in discussions about other hospital facilities. It is, however, evident that the institutional model of care remained dominant, with the 1960s and early 1970s paradoxically seeing both a commitment to alternative models of service delivery and major investments in new and

in Mental health nursing
Stories of nursing, gender, violence and mental illness in British asylums, 1914-30

within the National Asylum Workers’ Union (NAWU).5 Both scandals concerned the care and management of male asylum patients, not the vulnerable madwoman identified by Showalter. In turn, the scandals affected the status of psychiatric nurses and perceptions of mental illness and asylum patients. Analysis of these scandals illustrates how occupational struggles between different professional groups within the field of mental health care were fuelled in part by conflicting representations of mental illness, and in turn could generate stigmatising discourses which

in Mental health nursing
Nurses and ECT in Dutch psychiatry, 1940–2010

, the government ECT guidelines acknowledged ECT as an acceptable treatment, and from this time on ECT treatment gradually expanded again, although protests went on throughout the 1980s. In 1985, for example, the anti-psychiatric ‘Nuts Foundation’ in Nijmegen organised a public debate when ECT was reintroduced in Nijmegen University Hospital.44 The panel, which attracted over 200 attendees, also included a nurse, Ganny Boer. She was among a list of well-known public speakers on the topic, such as the provincial Inspector of Mental Health Care, and the Patient

in Histories of nursing practice
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The function of employment in British psychiatric care after 1959

National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey (hereafter BNA), Lab 20/33, Ministry of Labour and National Service, ‘Liaison with Sutton Emergency Hospital: Special Psychiatric Centre’, note of a meeting held 19 August 1946. 19 Jones et al., ‘Work therapy’, p. 344. 20 See Vicky Long, ‘Rethinking post-war mental health care: Industrial therapy and the chronic mental patient in Britain’, Social History of Medicine, 26:4 (2013), 738–58, 756. 21 Maxwell Jones, ‘Industrial rehabilitation of mental patients still in hospital’, The Lancet, 268:6950 (1956), pp. 985–6. 22 BNA, FD 1

in Work, psychiatry and society, c. 1750–2015

of the asylum type practices were present in mental hospitals until well into the 1970s.94 The tide was beginning to turn, however. The 1960s witnessed the era of public inquiries into mental health care. Most of these inquiries were instigated by nurses writing letters to various prominent figures regarding patient care.95 One of these letters, which was published in The Times on 10 November 1963, was of significant importance and it was signed by ten individuals: We, the undersigned, have been shocked by the treatment of geriatric patients in certain mental

in ‘Curing queers’

health and destigmatise some forms of mental distress served to reinforce the stigma and reduce the resources available to more severe and chronic cases.10 When Thomson wrote in 1998, the history of learning disability was subsumed and overlooked within the literature on madness and he thus rightly sought to emphasise ‘the distinction between the mentally ill and the mentally disabled . . . in histories of mental health care’.11 As this historiographical neglect has now at least partially been addressed, it is perhaps time to query this distinction; to examine whether

in Destigmatising mental illness?
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and stopping smoking.6 Managers have also been advised to give a much higher priority to mental health issues and to tackle stress, bullying, harassment and the deep-­seated culture of long working hours. The Boorman review sets out a number of models of ideal mental health care including Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust’s policy which trains managers to deal with staff’s mental health and Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s ‘Life’ scheme which offers staff poetry and painting competitions, book clubs, manicures and back massage.7 High rates of sickness absence in the nursing

in Who cared for the carers?

continuous stakeholder engagement for research dissemination. Introduction Mental health care resources are finite. In order to ensure service users receive the highest quality health care, evidence about the most effective and acceptable treatments needs to be fully incorporated into health care policy and practice. However, we have known for a long time that this is not happening as well as it should be within health services and that research evidence is not being transferred sufficiently to routine clinical practice both in the UK and across the world. This is often

in A research handbook for patient and public involvement researchers
The Irish perspective

district asylum nurse in Ireland, and examine the manner in which both her representation, and the reality of her experience, altered throughout the nineteenth century. Male nurses, or ‘keepers’, are also a fascinating cohort but they did not fulfil the same gender-specific, nurturing brief. Their experiences are not the focus of this chapter although their work and contribution to mental health care is examined in chapters 1, and 3–11. This chapter draws upon the records of the Connaught District Lunatic Asylum (CDLA) in Ballinasloe, County Galway, one of the earliest

in Mental health nursing
Nursing shell-shocked patients in Cardiff during the First World War

rule … shall be immediately dismissed.73 The wartime experience of the CCMH had thus redrawn the boundaries between female mental nurses and male patients in ways that exposed both to risks of stigma but also advanced a wider project to modernise mental health care. Crucial to the professional projects of reforming superintendents such as Goodall was the introduction of a feminine touch, albeit one embodied in the rather forbidding persona of the senior nurse who had survived both mental and general training and was equipped to manage both subordinate staff and

in Mental health nursing