Mental Health Nurses – thoughtful, holistic, compassionate and flexible

21 February 2019

Today (February 21) is Mental Health Nurses’ day, organised by the Royal College of Nursing Mental Health Forum to celebrate and recognise the vital work of mental health nurses. 

CAISS team

Picture: The CAISS team 

Our mental health nurses play a key role at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and can be found working across many of our services for children, young people,  families and adults as well as being engaged in our education and training provision. There are now more nurse working in the Trust than ever before and the numbers are constantly growing.

On Mental Health Nurses Day let’s celebrate every single one of our nurses whilst focussing specifically two services where nurses are taking a lead role – CAISS and Gloucester House

CAISS is a multidisciplinary team offering intensive support to young people in crisis to keep them safe and out of hospital. The team is led by Head of CAMHS Nursing, Antonia Carding, and  features experts from different specialties who work together to assess and treat patients, including nurses and work directly with Camden’s community mental health service, local schools and other children’s services. In 2017, CAISS was shortlisted for Nursing Times 'Team of the Year'.  

Gloucester House is a leading school for children (aged 5-14yrs) with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Nursing plays a critical element in our role to promote health and wellbeing in the children who come to Gloucester House and the multi-professional clinical team is led by nurse Kirsty Brant. 

A recent patient of the Trust wrote to us to express their feelings about the support they’d received from our mental health nurses:

“[The] nursing was, throughout my treatment, beyond beneficial to my recovery, my social life and my ability to live in the community, far more so than other more fixed, focussed and directed forms of treatment I was offered at different points in my difficulties. 

“The flexibility and adaptability in focus, themes and ideas as well as locations, frequency and times, meant that outreach nursing 'treatment' allowed the mindset to  be focussed on what a recovered life  can look like and the struggles that surround that, exceeding a clinical and hospital treatment that could focus only on the elimination of disorder. 

“Ultimately nursing has been the most compassionate and thoughtful of different ideas I encountered, and was usually was led by own needs rather than those of others pre-held constructs, and learned ideas that other professionals could over focus upon.”

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