How Are We Different?

  • A core ethos of reducing inpatient admissions and overcoming crises
  • Reduced placement breakdowns and improved engagement in recovery focused work
  • Fully integrated clinical and residential teams
  • Each residential home has an assigned team of clinicians including Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Nurses
  • Clinicians work with every young person within the home and support the residential staff team
  • Regular MDT reviews and 3 monthly CPA meetings
  • Regular reviews to clarify diagnosis and formulation
  • Psychological interventions, informed by clinical formulation, comply with national standards and guidelines
  • All staff trained in therapeutic risk management and least restrictive practice
  • Staff are supported through regular supervision, staff support sessions and reflective practice
  • Residential workers are trained in Safewards for Safe Homes (SSH), an evidence based collaborative therapeutic approach within residential care
  • Clinicians are available 24/7 to support residential teams with crises that may arise and will liaise with AEDs and Crisis Teams to minimise un-necessary admissions
  • Explicit model (Boundary See-Saw) to help staff reflect on their professional boundaries and practice and maintain their relationships with clients within a healthy relational dynamic

CQC say we are ‘GOOD’ in all domains:

  • Therapies offered in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines
  • Intensive support was provided to the young people from the clinical team with weekly sessions with both their nurse and psychologist
  • Policies and plans in place reflected least restrictive practice and clear processes were in place for staff to follow if there was incident
  • Young people were actively involved in their care
  • Documentation was appropriate and accessible to young people
  • Feedback from young people and their parents was positive about the support and care provided by the clinical team
  • There was excellent multidisciplinary working and information sharing for the benefit of young people
  • Specific qualifications in child and adolescent mental health practice were available for staff to access
  • The service operated a duty and on call nurse system with a clinical nurse specialist available at all times to offer advice and guidance to staff and to respond to incidents
  • Records were current, detailed and regularly reviewed
  • Regular supervision and meetings took place, staff felt very well supported and welcomed the development opportunities