Young people lead mental health clinic re-design
Young people in North Tyneside are driving forward an exciting re-design of a mental health clinic thanks to a pioneering partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Students from St Thomas More RC Academy are joining forces with the trust and Tyne & Wear Citizens to make changes to the clinic at Albion Road Resource Centre in North Shields to make it more young people friendly.
The clinic hosts appointments for children and young people up to 18 years old who are referred to the trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
As put forward by the young people, the décor and environment are going to be revamped, age-appropriate artwork is to be displayed and the waiting room is going to be rearranged to allow separate areas for young children and adolescents. In addition, the use of clinic rooms is going to be reviewed so that they are appropriate for all ages.
Dr Julie Owens, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and clinical lead for CAMHS at the trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with the students at St Thomas More RC Academy and Tyne & Wear Citizens on this exciting project.
“We would like to thank the young people for their excellent suggestions. Having input directly from people who are using our service is invaluable and we fully understand that people’s perceptions are shaped by their whole experience, not just from the care they receive.”
Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re committed to engaging with our communities and it is a pleasure to be working with the students from St Thomas More RC Academy and ensuring young people’s voices are heard.
“Improving access to our services and making sure the environment is the best it can be to deliver high quality care are among our top priorities and we’re committed to making the changes at the clinic.”
Michael Thompson, chaplain at St Thomas More RC Academy and part of Tyne and Wear Citizens, said: “We welcome the opportunity to work with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on the re-design of the CAMHS clinic and look forward to progressing this partnership.”
Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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