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Young patients helping recruit mental health nurses


Young people are now involved in interviewing prospective staff members at the specialist child and adolescent mental health service, run by Cwm Taf University Health Board.

Ty Llidiard in Bridgend provides mental health treatment in a hospital setting for children and young people with serious mental illness.

Head of nursing Julie Cude said the initiative was introduced to ensure children felt involved in their care and that staff with the right skills and attitudes were recruited.

“We care for young people who often need to stay in for a significant period of time and it’s vital for their long-term recovery that they have staff they feel comfortable with and can trust,” she said.

“Having young people on the interview panels for new staff has been a great success and they have made some very good decisions in who to appoint,” she said.

“For them, what’s important in a nurse is someone they can talk to and who they feel they can relate to,” she added.

Patients have also started nominating a “nurse of the week award”, which involves young people choosing a nurse on a weekly basis who they feel has “gone above and beyond” their role.

The initiative has had a positive impact on nursing moral, and enhanced the therapeutic relationship between the nursing team and the young people they care for, said Ms Cude.

Ty Llidiard is a Tier 4 (highly specialist) service for young people with severe mental illness and treats young people with severe complex and diverse needs which cannot be met by community services.


Readers' comments (3)

  • I'm all for PPI involvement. It is a very positive step.

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  • INITIATIVE ffs??? Consumers have been used for nearly 40 years in the recruitment process in New Zealand including the positive input into interview panels, as referees and advisers. How is this an initiative, you are so way behind....?

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  • Steve Holland | 16-May-2015 9:17 am

    perhaps involving the younger consumer in the process is more of a novel idea? it is certainly sounds a good and fun initiative.

    as far as way behind goes, I was shocked to see on TV suicidal individuals are attended to by the police and locked up!
    they are now patting themselves on the back for their advances in MH care and the introduction of nursing intervention on police calls. For heaven's sake good and understanding care of the suicidal is standard in much of the rest of western Europe and also provided by responsible and well trained police who may be the first responders.

    Brits are always so complacent, eccentric and remain stuck in some past century and then think they are quite amazing when they come up with something new!

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