The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) are assisting the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia (MoC) in the training of psychiatric nurses on main principles of mental health nursing. Between June and July 2017, 15 psychiatric nurses were trained based on a program developed by CoE international and local experts.
Mental health nurses play a central role as clinicians, case managers, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse practitioners in mental health-care settings in various countries. The development of this programme in Georgia is aligning national practice to European standards, building upon nurses’ role as part of multidisciplinary teams that deal with mental illnesses.
This twelve-day training program is aimed at equipping psychiatric nurses with basic theoretical knowledge on mental health issues. The program itself consisted of twelve modules.
The initially selected nurses participated in the training of trainers, and will have the possibility to cascade their knowledge to the rest of psychiatric nurses working in the penitentiary establishments throughout Georgia.
The supervision is a part of the Council of Europe and European Union Delegation support to improve the provision of mental health in Georgian prisons and other closed institutions. It was organised within the framework of the CoE/EU Partnership for Good Governance Project “Human Rights and Healthcare in prisons and Other Closed Institutions in Georgia II”.
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