Ireland’s top mental health specialists learn from C&I

Some of Ireland’s most senior health leaders have paid a special visit to Camden and Islington NHS Trust to see its renowned rehabilitation services at first hand. 

The team from Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE), led by Dr Margo Wrigley, National Clinical Advisor and Clinical Programmes Group Lead, want to develop a similar model of care for Ireland.

Rehabilitation services focus on the needs of service users with longer-term and more complex health issues that can often persist for many years and require longstanding and sustained treatment plans.

It is the latest in a line of visits by UK and European mental health practitioners to these particular services at C&I, which have built an international reputation for clinical excellence.

Anne Callanan Cahill, HSE Service Improvement Lead, said of the visit: “The expertise and knowledge presented to us was exceptionally insightful, with several innovative ideas that we are now considering utilising in our new national model of care for service users with severe and enduring mental illness.”

The Irish delegation met service users including Patricia Casey, a patient on Malachite Ward, who told them: “The occupational therapy and staff are very good here and the rehabilitation works well.”

Dr Julian Summerfield, C&I Consultant Rehabilitation Psychiatrist, said: “A fifth of people who are newly-diagnosed with psychosis develop complex needs that require rehabilitation services.

“As well as aiming to improve symptoms and daily functioning, we support people to achieve as much autonomy and independence as possible.”

C&I’s rehabilitation “pathway” has been developed in line with extensive research - a key strategic aim at the Trust* - locally, nationally and abroad, much of which was led by Professor Helen Killaspy, an academic psychiatrist at University College London and a rehabilitation psychiatrist at the Trust.

People with access to rehabilitation services show greater improvement in social and everyday functioning, and are eight times more likely to achieve successful discharge into the community than those without access.

Trusts without a local rehabilitation pathway often have to refer service users to out-of-area placements which are more expensive, less effective, and further away from family and friends.

Notes to Editors

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust – Strategic Priorities *

Our three strategic priorities are:

  • Early and effective intervention
  • Helping people to live well  
  • Research and innovation 

About Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to residents in Kingston.

We have two inpatient facilities, at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital, as well as community based services throughout the London boroughs of Camden and Islington. Our Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world’s leading academic health science partnerships.

We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area either in a community or inpatient setting.

Our income for 2015/16 was £138million and we have approximately 1,700 staff. Our staff work in multi-disciplinary teams providing a holistic approach to recovery. This means that we often work with partner agencies and the voluntary sector. Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust was established in 2002. In March 2008 we became the first Care Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status and are licensed by NHS Improvement.

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