Our fourth special interest group Mental Well being of Staff, is jointly led by Ellie Walsh, Nurse and Senior Operational Manager from NAViGO, and Dr Gita Bhutani, Associate Director for Psychological Professions and Interim Associate Director for Allied Health Professionals at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.
I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 2000 and initially started work in CAMHS/Family Therapy. I moved to Adult Acute Services as a Senior Staff Nurse when major changes to local services were on the drawing board. I progressed my career in acute and was fortunate to be actively involved in building a new acute hospital and radically changing the services delivered to Service Users in north East Lincolnshire. I manage the Acute Mental Health Services for NAViGO which is a not for profit social enterprise and deliver an integrated service in which the inpatient, crisis and home treatment elements are integrated into the inpatient areas and have no separate teams. I am a Lead Reviewer for the Royal College of Psychiatry (AIMS) and have been since (2006) and have just joined the AIMS advisory committee for working age adults, my own site is accredited as excellent. I’m also a Specialist Advisor to the CQC although I have not joined any inspections just yet.
I am passionate about service user care and work closely with Star Wards and currently competing a project with my Nursing Assistants for Ward Stars in which they have almost all achieved their Stars. I have effectively improved working relationships with the local police service for North East Lincolnshire (Humberside Police) and am proud to say that we had achieved many of the outcomes for the Crisis Care Concordat before it was published. As well as this I sit on several local collaborative committees including suicide strategy and victims support. I am also a wife, a mother, and recently a Grandmother and love time with my extended family.
Both Ellie and Gita would love to hear from you if you would like to be involved in this group.