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What are the roles of community psychiatric nurses (CPNs) in the Community Mental Health Team for Older People (CMHTOP)?

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Tsz Shan
29 July 2021
What are the roles of community psychiatric nurses (CPNs) in the Community Mental Health Team for Older People (CMHTOP)?

What are the roles of community psychiatric nurses (CPNs) in the Community Mental Health Team for Older People (CMHTOP)?

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Yo Yo
29 July 2021

You’re welcome.

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Tsz Shan
29 July 2021

Many thanks for the great answer.

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Yo Yo
29 July 2021

CPNs have multiple roles and are often the backbone of CMHTOP. They often see patients in their own homes and care homes, in outpatient (including memory) clinics, and in general practice surgeries. They assess new patients and follow up existing ones, provide support for their caregivers/families, deliver psychological interventions like cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), administer depot antipsychotic medications, monitor treatment adherence and side effects, and coordinate all other aspects of patient care. CPNs are also the communication bridge between the patient and the CMHTOP. CPNs train staff in primary care and care homes in the identification, assessment, and management of mental health problems in older people.

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