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We’ve been hearing from many of our nurses to find out what you think about the nursing profession today. So far, you’ve let us know what the best piece of advice is that you’ve ever been given and also what nursing managers can do to effectively support their teams.



Carrying on from this, many of you let us know what your preferred nursing models of care and treatment were, so here are your recommendations!

Tidal Model

Strongly recommended by multiple mental health nurses, this model is a philosophical approach, which encourages patients to reflect on their “personal story” and is recommended universally in health, social care, psychotherapy and counselling.
“It makes sense in both healthcare and my life” said Cathy from Kings Lynn.

Its solid foundation encompasses ‘Ten Commitments’ or values that efficiently support the model by working to creating a binding relationship between the patient as well as the professional. It also includes ’20 Competencies’ to evaluate use of the commitments.

To find out more visit the website.

Roper-Logan-Tierney Model of Nursing

This model analyses the ‘Ten Daily Living Activities’ of patients in a cognitive approach to assess patients and care for them while observing fluctuations in the dependence-independence continuum during each activity.

M, from Sheffield says “This model includes the 12 activities of daily living. Meets all the basic requirements of care and the patient will receive a good service.”

This model also considers how biological, psychological, sociocultural, environmental and politico economic factors influence daily living activities and many community and staff nurses have found this well-rounded approach to be beneficial in practice.

To learn more about this theory, you can buy the book.

Orem’s Self Care Model

Suggested by Tracy from Braintree, this model provides a holistic and theoretical framework for nurses to assess a patient, create a nursing care plan, implement a nursing process and evaluate it.

It does this by combining three theories, which are then applied to the “known” nursing process.These theories include:

Theory of Self-Care, which analyses the ability someone possesses to engage in self-care and the attributes impacting this ability.

Theory of Self-Care Deficit, which describes when a nurse is required and needed to guide, support, treat and teach a patient.


Theory of Nursing System, which consists of the social, interpersonal and regulatory technologies related to communication and health advancement that are used to achieve the best outcomes in nursing.

Although many community and staff nurses use this model, learning disabilities nurses can benefit by it as well.

To learn more about the theory or for a refresher, watch this presentation.

Recovery Star Model

Developed by the Training Consulting and the Mental Health Providers Forum (MHPF), this model is a holistic and recovery-focused tool that enables patients and care providers to organise, measure and illustrate the path of recovery using a personalised ‘Ten-Point Recovery Star’, or visual map.

The star includes ‘Ten Life Dimensions’ to be addressed when assessing and creating a treatment plan. Essentially, these life dimensions describe a person and the factors that impact his or her well-being and contribute to mental health.

“This is good for clients to be able to map their progress within the field of rehabilitation” suggests Mark from Northampton.

It is highly recommended by many NHS Trusts for mental health and substance misuse professionals, and the East of England National Health Service Trust includes all the Recovery Star resources in their Recovery Toolkit.

If you are interested in using it or suggesting it to your team, you can find more information here.

Person-Centred Model

Based around psychotherapy, this model is focused around the specific health needs of the individual on a case-by-case basis. It has been used in practice since the 1940s, but is consistently emerging and gaining multiple meanings in various health professions.

The Health Foundation, an independent research charity for health in the UK, describes person-centred care as care that is personalised, coordinated and enabling. It also ensures that the person is treated with dignity, compassion and respect. In this way, the person gains more control of his or her healthcare and is more actively involved in his or her treatment plan.

If you want to read more about how to use it more in your practice, read this guide.

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