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The Health Improvement Profile: A manual to promote physical wellbeing in people with severe mental illness

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Second edition

New and updated

ISBN: 9781910451106


October 2018 • M&K Publishing • 114pp

eBook version also available: eISBN: 9781910451601


Dr Sheila Hardy PhD MSc BSc NISP RMN RGN

Independent Healthcare Consultant; Post-doctoral researcher, University of Hull; Postgraduate Nurse Educator, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust


Dr Jacquie White PhD, PGCert, BSc (Hons), RMN Associate Dean Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull


Professor Richard Gray, BSc (Hons) MSc DLSHTM PhD RN FEANS, Professor of Clinical Nursing Practice at La Trobe University, Australia and Healthscope


This new edition of The Health Improvement Profile (HIP) has been thoroughly revised and updated, according to the latest research. It features an additional chapter, specifically focusing on physical health, as well as a set of practical help sheets on management of long-term physical conditions, smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol misuse, medical and personal self-care, and sexual health.


As life expectancy is significantly reduced in people with severe mental illness (SMI), this patient group should receive a physical health check at least once a year. Yet many mental health practitioners have not been trained to assess their physical health needs, and even when such training is offered it may be difficult to access it because of clinical workloads.


The Health Improvement Profile (HIP) provides an efficient, effective, evidence-based physical health check tool specifically designed to be used when assessing people with SMI. It supports practitioners in identifying physical health problems and guides them towards evidence-based interventions to address common health issues affecting this group, ranging from cardiovascular disease to lifestyle factors.


Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • What is severe mental illness?
  • What treatments are used in severe mental illness?
  • Systems of the body that are commonly affected in people with severe mental illness
  • Physical health
  • Common physical comorbidities in people with severe mental illness
  • Cardiovascular disease in people with severe mental illness
  • Problematic behaviours affecting health in people with severe mental illness
  • How to use the Health Improvement Profile (physical health check tool)
  • Changing behaviour to improve health
  • Appendix 1: Health Improvement Profile (HIP) – Female
  • Appendix 2: Health Improvement Profile (HIP) – Male


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