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Nursing staff 'driven' to make new mental health unit a success

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A senior nurse has spoken of her excitement about returning to her roots to help launch a new mother and baby unit (MBU) in East Anglia.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is opening the Kingfisher MBU at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich on 28 January.

“We will also concentrate on reducing the impact which the mum’s mental health has on the child”

Jenny Ormsby

The eight-bed £4m centre will allow new mothers struggling with serious mental health problems to get specialist help closer to home and without having to be separated from their babies.

NSFT has recruited more than 30 members of staff for the MBU including mental health nurses, therapists, nursery nurses, assistant practitioners and social workers, who will work closely with community perinatal teams in the region.

Jenny Ormsby, who trained with NSFT and was raised in East Anglia, will return to the trust to become modern matron at the Kingfisher MBU.

Ms Ormsby completed her degree in mental health nursing at the University of East Anglia about 12 years ago and gained practical experience at Hellesdon Hospital.

jenny ormsby modern matron

jenny ormsby modern matron

Source: Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust

Jenny Ormsby

She went on to work at the Norvic Clinic and also Northgate Hospital, both in Norfolk, before moving to West London Mental Health Trust, where she held a variety of positions.

Speaking of her new appointment, Ms Ormsby said: “It’s an exciting job and we are all looking forward to getting started. 

“We will be caring for a maximum of eight women at any one time, so will really be able to commit to providing evidence-based treatment, reducing risk and focusing on the relationship between the mother and baby,” she said. 

“We will also concentrate on reducing the impact which the mum’s mental health has on the child, potentially setting them up for a healthier, happier life in the long term,” Ms Ormsby added. 

Meanwhile, Faye Newman will be working at a nursery nurses in the MBU.

She said she was looking forward to helping to shape a brand-new service and added that the team had “so much passion and drive to make it work”.

“I thought this was a really exciting opportunity”

Faye Newman

Ms Newman and her colleagues will be on hand 24/7 at the MBU to offer interventions such as baby massage and support for bonding and brain growth, as well as practical help with caring for the babies wherever necessary.

“I’ve always been interested in mental health and have worked with women who have been struggling with a variety of issues in the past,” added Ms Newman.

“I thought this was a really exciting opportunity which would give me the chance to be part of something completely new while also shaping my own practice,” she said.

faye newman nursery nurse

faye newman nursery nurse

Source: Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust

Faye Newman

The Kingfisher MBU will offer a range of therapeutic services, including medication, cognitive behavioural therapy and family therapy, along with help with bonding and attachment.

Trained peer support workers – people who have personal experience of perinatal mental ill health – will also be on hand to offer practical advice to patients.

The unit will accept referrals from existing specialist perinatal teams, health visitors, midwives and GPs from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, as well as other parts of the country.

Susan Stolworthy, NSFT’s operational manager for perinatal services across Norfolk and Waveney, said: “We look forward to working with new mothers and providing them with potentially life-changing care so that they can develop a strong bond with their baby and go on to enjoy a healthy future.”

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