I have always been interested in the theory behind the use of Hodges' Health Career Model. During my time as a student nurse (back in 93-96) I came across information about how the HCM could be implemented in practice. As a newly qualified nurse I took these ideas into my first development post at Kemple View in Blackburn, Lancashire and successfully introduced an adaptation of the model adding risk to the dimensions.
I understand that the model is still in use and many patients have benefited from its holistic approach to psychiatric care. I also note reference to this on your web page. I am quite pleased that a student nurse has clearly recognised the benefits as I did during training.
I am now working at Cygnet Hospitals at Bierley in Yorkshire and am again looking to introduce the model as a means to provide a framework to nursing care. The favoured approach on the ward (FAIRFAX Rehab - complex care for males) is PSI, but I am of the opinion that the HCM can be used as a framework for nurses to deliver such an approach.
I would be interested to know what your thoughts are on this and of course if there is any advice that you can offer.
Denise Banks RMN PGCM DMS JPhttp://www.p-jones.demon.co.uk/intro-hcm.htm
In December 2003 a student nurse brought information to my attention that Kemple View Psychiatric Services, Blackburn, UK are using the Health Career Model as an aid to assessing individual needs.
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