“I love working at C&I and the Home Treatment Team is such a great team to be a part of!” explains Olivia Hull, Occupational Therapist in the Home Treatment Team, Services for Ageing and Mental Health who has been crowned our latest Star of the Month.
Olivia, who has been working in her current role for two and a half years, was nominated by colleague, Joanne Stephenson, for her tireless work to support our service users and their families.
Part of Olivia’s nomination read: “I have observed Olivia making those around her feel as comfortable as possible at challenging times. She is well aware of how connections are established and maintained and works to enable this as much as possible. She also works holistically with other involved professionals and is a an exceptional communicator.
“I have witnessed Olivia’s kind nature during an intervention with a particularly vulnerable person. During extra visits over the Christmas period, including Christmas day, she went shopping for necessities of food, drinks and collected medication. This type of action from a carer demonstrates pure kindness and shows simple things can help people live well!”
The Home Treatment Team is a crisis team for older adults; the team’s objective is to offer an alternative pathway to recovery. Since the team started five years ago, they’ve managed to bring down uneccseary hospital admissions by a third for older people, which means these service users can be cared for somwhere more comfortable and appropriate for their needs. The team’s work was this year recognised at the National Older People’s Mental Health and Dementia Awards 2019, which you can read more about here.
Olivia was presented with a gift voucher, certificate, badge and cakes by Trust Chair, Leisha Fullick. Leisha said: “I am delighted to be presenting Olivia with our Star of the Month award. Olivia is a shining example of the cultural pillars we hold as a Trust, and I’d like to thank Olivia for all her dedicated work at C&I.”
If you know someone who deserves to be recognised as our next Star of the Month, you can nominate here: https://www.candi.nhs.uk/news/star-month