Unhappy patient experience and robust independent reviews have demonstrated through a range of high-profile cases that lower and less stable staffing levels on mental health wards have been a cause of poor patient care in Wales. The number of nursing student places commissioned by the Welsh Government in mental health needs to be increased to ensure safe and effective care on mental health inpatient wards.
The Royal College of Nursing calls for a clear workforce development and education strategy for mental health nursing in Wales that will meet the future mental health needs of children or adults. There needs to be sustainable funding for post registration education. Specialist education is needed in fields such as eating disorders, alcohol and substance misuse, cognitive behavioural therapy, family work, and personality disorder.