We complete a multi-disciplinary assessment of our patient’s physical, mental health and spiritual needs while they are on the ward and they are allocated a named nurse, who helps the them develop a person-centred care plan.
Patients are under the care of a consultant psychiatrist and an associate doctor and are also allocated a named nurse and a nursing team, who will co-ordinate an individual plan of care.
Other professionals involved in assessing and planning care include an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, dietician, speech and language therapist, social worker, re-ablement worker and pharmacist. We are also supported by a team of housekeepers, who maintain the cleanliness of the ward and provide support at meal times.
All members of staff wear a name badge and some members of the team wear uniform.
Within the first few weeks of admission the multi-disciplinary team meet our patients to review the outcome of their assessments and subsequently plan their care and treatment.
Patients are included in this process and are welcome to invite a relative, a carer, friend or advocate to attend with them. This meeting takes place each week and monitors their progress.
When patients are admitted to hospital, we ask them about any medication they are currently taking. If they are prescribed any medication during their stay we give them choice to discuss the different options.
Patients are given written information on any prescribed medication and the opportunity to discuss this with a relevant member of the multi-disciplinary team, their carer or advocate.
A pharmacist is also available to discuss medication.
Our aim is to support our patients in their recover so they feel well enough to return home, or to supportive accommodation.
Patients needs and views are central to the process of discharge planning, and we discuss with them any help and support they require to meet their health and social care needs.
A social worker is based on the ward, and if a referral to assess areas of our patient’s future health needs is required, the patient and their carers will be informed and invited to discuss this in the multi-disciplinary meetings.