My Care Academy

Inspiration and reflection on our time spent at the ‘Future of mental health nursing conference’

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Zarah Thomas- Final year mental heath nurse On the train back from Edinburgh one of my fellow colleague’s made a comment that summarised how most of us felt: ‘ This conference has made me a better nurse’. From the heart felt lived experience from Tommy Whitelaw, whose mother was diagnosed with dementia to all of… Read More

Mental Health Awareness Week

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. Working in mental health services can be stressful and at times just getting through the day is the best we can manage. However the reality is that unless we take care of ourselves, we will not be able to manage… Read More

Interview: My ERASMUS nursing placement in Denmark

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By Bronwyn Evans @Green_Eyed_Bea 3rd-year Mental Health Nursing Student, Student Voice Leader, Nursing Ambassador and Ambassador leader for the School of Health and Education at Middlesex University Bronwyn recently returned from her ERASMUS+ placement in Odense, Denmark. Here she shares her learning and personal experiences, and encourages other student nurses to also apply to the… Read More

Deafness and mental health

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By Nina Thomas @ninathomasart Nina is a founding member of The Film Bunch – their mission is to improve access for deaf and hard of hearing people to mainstream short films, and a trustee at StageText, an organisation that aims to make theatre and culture accessible to D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. A performance of… Read More

My journey into non-medical prescribing

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By Charlene Hales, Clinical Team Manager at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust I approached my supervisor a year ago during my appraisal to express my interest in prescribing as I wanted a new challenge. I liked the idea of implementing a full care plan, conducting assessments, formulating impressions/diagnoses and designing a treatment package that includes medication prescribing.… Read More

Reflecting on Black History Month

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by Henry Akaluka, 3rd year BSc Mental Health Nursing Student and Student Voice Leader at Middlesex University Black history month has primarily been celebrated by revisiting the great works done by black people past and present. Notable black people like Malcolm X, Robert Nesta Marley, Martin Luther King jnr., Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks… Read More

Tips and Advice for Newly Qualified Nurses

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By Helen Kehoe & Jennifer Springham Joint Appointment Lecturers in Mental Health and Practice Development leads, My Care Academy. Recently it was ‘Graduation Week’ at Middlesex University, a proud moment for our graduate nurses and social workers beginning their journeys as healthcare professionals. This got us thinking about our nursing journeys and some of the challenges we… Read More


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