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Dr Natasha Lord, Clinical Psychologist and Paul Stokes, Assistant Clinical Practitioner/Carer Link presented at the John’s Campaign Conference in London on Tuesday 17th October 2017. The aim of the conference was to support and explore the barriers to the implementation of the campaign into mental health inpatient services.

John’s Campaign was set up in 2014 advocating for the rights of carers to stay with a person living with dementia when they go into hospital. Worcestershire Health and Care Trust were the first older people’s mental health inpatient service to sign up to the campaign and are now an ambassador. It was an energising day, with Natasha and Paul offering an open invitation to any ward or trust who wanted to visit to find out more.

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Staff Awards News . . .

Winner of this Year's 'Supportive Award'– Sangram Pathania, Associate Specialist at New Haven
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Worcestershire Health and Care Trust Older People's Mental Health Inpatient Service received a Certificate of Nomination Positive Practice in Mental Health Award 2017 for their work with carers. 

The Inpatient Service were put forward for an award for being the first mental health unit to sign up to John's Campaign. Since they have signed up, they have supported other parts of the trust to implement the campaign and the Trust has signed up to the prinicples for all carers. 

The inpatient service has also supported other trusts in implementation and are proud to be an ambassador for the campaign. Although not shortlisted, they were pleased to be entered. 


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Overcoming loneliness for Worcestershire Carers Event – 24th August 2017 

Carers from all over Worcestershire came together this week to share their stories and ways of coping with the impact of loneliness on their lives. As part of Worcestershire Association of Carers 20th Anniversary celebration events, Worcestershire Health and Care Trust Older Adult Mental Health Inpatient Service teamed up with the Association of Carers to deliver a Peer to Peer Support and Loneliness event, recognising the impact caring can have on a person’s  health and wellbeing. They were joined by Reconnections (Age UK), Contact the Elderly, and the Alzheimer’s Society.

A recent report has found that loneliness is as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is more damaging for health than obesity (Age UK). The impact of loneliness is gaining more recognition through campaigns such as Jo Cox’s End Loneliness Campaign and Age UK's Reconnections project.  Particular groups including older people and carers, can be more vulnerable to loneliness due to challenges such as poorer health, financial restraints, and diminished social networks.  There are an estimated 65, 000 carers within Worcestershire. Eight out of 10 carers report that they have felt lonely or socially isolated as part of their caring role, while almost half of carers do not have enough time to engage in their own social activities.

Dr Natasha Lord, Clinical Psychologist for the Health and Care Trust said “it was great to come together in partnership with local organisations to recognise and share ways of coping as well as highlighting local support on offer. Carers shared with each other as well as providing feedback to services about how we can better meet the needs of our community.” Further information will shortly be available via https://www.carersworcs.org.uk

Help to keep your best memories of Worcester alive 

We’ve all the heard the saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, but sometimes a photograph can trigger a thousand memories too.

This is the basis of an exciting new project, Worcester Life Stories, which will see many thousands of historic photographs made available for the first time, in a bid to encourage local people to share their own stories about them.  

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Disney inspired ward walkabouts

Inspired by a Trust senior leaders away day where the Disney principles of service excellence was expounded for use in the NHS by a transformational event company, a regular series of patient and carer walkabouts was developed on an older adult in-patient ward. 

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Trust Pilots John's Campaign

Our Trust has become the first mental health inpatient provider to back ‘John’s campaign’, which aims to give the carers of those living with dementia the right to stay with them in hospital, in the same way that parents stay with their sick children.

It was launched in November 2014 after the death of Dr John Gerrard, whose family believe his health declined faster in hospital because his loved ones were not allowed to stay with him.

As well as offering the option for carers of those with dementia on the New Haven Mental Health Unit in Bromsgrove and on Athelon Ward in Worcester, the Trust has also extended the principle to carers of those with functional mental health needs, such as schizophrenia, severe depression or psychosis.

Dr Natasha Lord, clinical psychologist for Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, said: “It is demonstrably clear that a hospital stay can be a distressing, scary and potentially damaging experience for a person with dementia or for those with mental health difficulties, and that the close involvement of their carers hugely improves the quality of their care.”

Local mental health ward recognised for their outstanding care 

A mental health ward in Worcester has been acknowledged for providing quality care as part of a national standards-based accreditation programme.

Athelon Ward, run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust – the county’s main provider of mental health services - has been recognised as providing a high standard of care and has been accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI).

The inpatient ward, based at the Elgar Unit along Newtown Road, provides support for people over the age of 65 who have mental health needs which means they cannot be supported in their own home. 

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New videos to give patients, carers and families an insight into older people's mental health wards 

The county’s mental health Trust has just released a series of videos which aim to dispel the pre-conceptions people might have about life on a mental health ward. 

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is the main provider of mental health services in the County and has three wards which support someone over the age of 65 who can’t safely be cared for at home: Athelon Ward in Worcester and Meadow and Woodland ward which are in the New Haven unit in Bromsgrove. They provide care for those suffering with varying degrees of dementia including Alzheimer’s, acute depression, acute anxiety and psychosis. 

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Celebrating outstanding achievement of our NHS staff

NHS staff from across the county have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at an Olympic themed awards ceremony. Mental health teams, dementia staff and volunteers were all among the winners in Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s annual Staff Awards evening which this year took place in Tree Tops Pavilion in the heart of West Midlands Safari Park on Thursday, October 20th.

Special guest, Lauren Rowles, a Paralympian from Bromsgrove who won a rowing Gold at the at Rio Olympics attended the event and presented awards to the winners. 

Older Adult Mental Health Inpatients teams won the Patient Experience Award presented by Peter Lacheki for their collaborative work with patients, carers and volunteers in creating and developing a number of short films aimed at informing and providing insight into our inpatient service.This was with the aim of dispelling any myths/anxieties about being an inpatient on a mental health ward and what the stay may look like.

Natasha Lord, Clinical Psychologist and the Older Adult Mental Health team won the Quality Improvement Award presented by Michelle Clarke for their commitment to dementia care and sharing best practice across the organisation and wider to support people using their services.

Bringing the outdoors in at Bromsgrove’s New Haven Unit

The wards at an award winning mental health Unit in Bromsgrove have been renamed with the help of patients, carers, volunteers and staff.

New Haven, based on the site of the Princess of Wales Community Hospital, was built in 2013 and is run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the county’s main provider of mental health services. 

There are two wards in New Haven; one for those with dementia, and the other for adults who have other serious mental health illnesses, such as depression. The Unit covers the whole county and supports people who cannot at that point be looked after at home. Click Here for More

Older Adult Inpatient Away Day

Older Adult Mental Health Inpatient Services are paving the way to being a Centre of Excellence

Three away days were arranged for the Older Adult Mental Health Inpatient Service at the Granary Hotel. All staff were invited to attend a day. The aim of the day was to celebrate our successes, for example, bibliotherapy group and to provide information on work being undertaken for example, AIMS and Safewards.

Ten presentations were given over the course of the day. Each presentation consisted of a 5-10 minute presentation, followed by an opportunity for table discussion and concluded with feedback.

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