DOI: 10.12968/bjmh.2023.0037 ISSN: 2049-5919

A protocol for a cross-sectional survey exploring the work lives and wellbeing of the mental health nursing workforce in the UK

Naomi Klepacz, Emma Wadey, Peter Griffiths, Samuel Woodnutt, Jasmine Snowden, Catherine Smith, David S Baldwin, Gemma Simons, Jane Ball
  • General Medicine


Demand for mental health services is high, but so are vacancy levels for registered nurses in mental health. To effectively address the workforce disparity, we need to engage with nurses to understand better the rewards and challenges of being part of the UK's mental health nursing workforce. The aim of the study set out in this protocol will be to identify modifiable workplace factors impacting nurses' work lives and wellbeing.


A protocol for an online cross-sectional survey exploring the work lives and wellbeing of registered nurses working in mental health in the UK.


This survey will provide an understanding of the daily challenges and rewards of mental health nursing. In understanding the modifiable workplace factors impacting nurses, the authors will provide the evidence and recommendations necessary to develop and implement workplace policies and interventions supporting nurse retention, recruitment and wellbeing.

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