Relias Blog

Training for Primary Care Mental Health - How Can We Improve It?
Around 90% of people with mental health problems receive their care in the primary care setting. In addition to that, the majority of those people who receive care in specialist services also receive physical health care from their GP and practice team ...  Read more
Why Does Continuity of Care Matter in Primary Care Mental Health?
For more than 25 years of my life, like many other people with long term mental health problems, I preferred to see the same GP. We came to know each other quite well. I appreciated his advice and wisdom and trusted his opinion ... Read more
What Exactly is Collaborative Care?
‘Of course, we work collaboratively already!’ says almost everyone when you tell them about ‘collaborative care’. The problem is that many people use the term as just one of the (often confusing) terms to describe health professionals working together, such as ‘shared care’ and ‘liaison-consultation’ and ‘integrated care’ ..  Read more
The Interface Between Primary and Specialist Mental Health Care - Why does it have to be so hard to get it right?
One thing that causes considerable dissatisfaction among patients and service users, GPs and mental health workers is how the interface works between primary and specialist care ...  Read more
Getting to Know the Nursing Associates
The care-givers team continues to evolve and diverge and, although nurses are a central part, it is undeniably strengthened by assistant practitioners, healthcare assistants and now – a new addition: Nursing Associates (NAs) ...  Read more
Improving Access to Primary Mental Health Care - Why we need to ask: ‘What is it like for you?’
When I was involved in a study exploring access to primary care mental health care, our researchers were based in GP practices ...  Read more
Wound Management - Prevention is Better than Cure
In our new Wound Management course, the focus is firmly on chronic wounds and with good reason ...  Read more
Moving Beyond e-Learning
Can your HR and OD department do more to take your organisation to the next level? ...  Read more
Caring for the Carers
You wake up with a pounding headache and a throat that feels like you’re swallowing glass. What do you do? Well, If you’re like the majority of UK workers, you simply get up and struggle in to work ... Read more
De-escalation: Approaching a Modern Alternative to Restrictive Practices
The recent, high-profile case of Olaseni Lewis who tragically died from hypoxic brain injury during a restraint in Bethlem Hospital continues to highlight the dangers associated with restrictive practices in healthcare settings ... Read more
Approaches to De-escalation in Mental Health: Conflict Resolution
With mental ill health being such a complex field to work in, guidance to resolve conflict requires that staff understand the difficulties faced by patients ... Read more
Duty of Candour: Challenges for Organisations
Few healthcare professionals would argue with the sentiments of the Duty of Candour: being open and honest with patients and their families when things go wrong ... Read more