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Judith Skargon

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Health and Social Care
 Judith Skargon

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  • Physical health for people with mental illness

Biography

I am a registered mental health nurse, and adult nurse and I have worked in nursing for over four decades. My current role involves working with mental health nurses to support the physical health of thier patients, and working with the School of Health and Social Care Team to deliver the Higher Apprenticeship/Foundation Degree at the University of Essex. Mobile:07789 868335

Qualifications

  • Registered Mental Health Nurse Nursing and Midwifery Council (1979)

  • Registered Adult Nurse Nursing and Midwifery Council (1982)

  • BSc (Hons) Health Management Studies Anglia Polytechnic University (1998)

  • MSc Health Service Management and Research University of Essex (2003)

Research and professional activities

Thesis

How do mental health nurses feel about managing patient's physical health?

Aim: The aim of this study is to explore how mental heath nurses feel about managing physical health. Methodology: A mixed methods convergent design was used. Quantitative data were collected via the Physical Health Attitude Scale, followed by semi-structured interviews. Results: Mental health nurses encounter challenges in phyiscal health management, ranging from difficulties in helping patients to understand health risks, access to appropriate equipment, and problematic approaches from acute care colleagues who do not always appreicate mental health problems. Conclusion: Physical health management requires input from clinicians and managers to ensure that time and equipment is avialable to undertake the work, and a more collaborative approach betweenh mental health, primary care and acute care services is needed to ensure that patient's are treated holistically in all settings.

Supervisor: Professor Peter J Martin , Dr Sheila Black

Contact

jskargon@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874556

Location:

2S2.3.07, Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

3 days per week clinical ( EPUT), 2 days academic