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  • Comment on: 'Recognise the vital role of mental health services'

    BasketPress's comment 29-Aug-2014 8:16 am

    Just in case anyone missed this story the other day: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/27/self-harm-suicide-mental-health-patients-nhs-rises-56-per-cent Now, tell me how seriously MH is being taken? As an aside, one of the trusts said to have the greatest rises is my old employer, who most definitely was shedding nursing posts at a great rate.

  • Comment on: When was the last time you really talked about suicide?

    BasketPress's comment 29-Aug-2014 8:14 am

    Further indication of how seriously the powers that be take these issues: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/27/self-harm-suicide-mental-health-patients-nhs-rises-56-per-cent One of the trusts with the highest rise is my old employer, who I know was hacking nursing budgets to ribbons... Safe in whose hands?

  • Comment on: 'Recognise the vital role of mental health services'

    BasketPress's comment 28-Aug-2014 11:43 am

    Crisis teams, along with many other community services, are being cut and have been for the last 2 or 3 years, if not longer in some cases. Many community MH services were an easy hit for budget reduction, as, IME, most of the nurses employed were Bands 6 or 7, which they needed to be as they are autonomous practitioners. This was seen as expensive, so numbers of 6 and 7 nurses in community MH have been hacked to ribbons. If they have been replaced it is by less experienced staff at lower grades who cannot do the same job, because they do not yet have the same knowledge, skills and experience. See my previous comments about my last job (Band 7 in community CAMHS) having been "re-structured" away and my job before that (Band 6 equivalent in CAMHS over-dose assessment being disappeared because our service was deemed "too expensive").

  • Comment on: When was the last time you really talked about suicide?

    BasketPress's comment 22-Aug-2014 12:21 pm

    Anonymous | 21-Aug-2014 10:14 pm Sadly what you say is often true: in my last job (community CAMHS) I tended to be the "go to guy" for self-harming and/or suicidal patients, as it was the area of the job I liked (if that is the right word) most, while many colleagues, nursing, medical, OT, would run the proverbial mile from this sort of work. When I did over-dose assessment we often described a large part of our job as being an anxiety sponge for MAU and paediatric ward staff, as we took away all that side of the decision-making from them and they knew that Little Johnny or Little Joanne would be seen and assessed promptly. I have never been quite sure why people feel this way. The over-dose assessment job was the best job I had in 30 years in MH nursing.

  • Comment on: When was the last time you really talked about suicide?

    BasketPress's comment 20-Aug-2014 12:43 pm

    I worked for several years in a CAMHS overdose assessment team, so talking about suicide was the bulk of what I did. This service was closed down for non-clinical reasons (management politics, commissioners thinking we were too expensive). In my next job I was involved in preparing a multi-agency care pathway around adolescent self-harm and devising related training. I had to do much of this "under the radar", fiddling my diary to create time, as my manager (not a mental health nurse, nor indeed anything MH, by background) didn't think it was good use of my time nor that of anyone else in the service. The care pathway won awards, as did the training package, which is still in use today. Draw your own conclusions about how important services directed at the suicidal were seen as by our management and their paymasters...

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