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Mental health nurses may require ongoing learning and training in physical healthcare throughout their career
  1. Geoffrey L Dickens
  1. Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Geoffrey L Dickens, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; geoffrey.dickens{at}

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Commentary on: Jabbie L, Walshe C, Ahmed F (2023). The views and perceptions of training in physical health care amongst mental health nurses, managers of mental health nurses and trainers: A systematically constructed narrative synthesis. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. DOI: 10.1111/inm.13253.

Implications for practice and research

  • The authors of this narrative review conclude that mental health nurses’ preparation for delivering physical healthcare interventions is suboptimal and requires regular supplementation.

  • There is a need to establish what level of proficiency in physical healthcare skills mental health nurses require.


People with severe mental illness, notably those with psychosis, live 10 years less than the general population. Most premature death is from natural causes, chiefly cardiovascular disease and cancer.1 2 In this context, it has been noted that mental healthcare staff, nurses being the …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.