£2m for men­tal health

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

PA­TIENTS with men­tal health prob­lems can now ac­cess in­no­va­tive ther­a­pies from a new “one-stop” fa­cil­ity.

Park­side Men­tal Health Re­source Cen­tre rep­re­sents a £2m in­vest­ment in Mid­dles­brough’s men­tal health treat­ment.

And team man­ager Jane Harpin said the new build­ing is driv­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on pa­tient care.

“Our build­ing makes stronger re­la­tion­ships,” she said.

“Be­fore we had one build­ing per team across Mid­dles­brough. Now we have five teams all based in one build­ing so com­mu­ni­ca­tion is much bet­ter and it re­ally im­proves the per­sonal jour­ney.

“There’s the ac­cess team that is the ini­tial start of the jour­ney re­ally.

“That is the first point of con­tact. Then it is ei­ther passed to the af­fec­tive dis­or­der, psy­chosis or early in­ter­ven­tion in psy­chosis team.

“A team of so­cial work­ers are based here as well and they work across all those teams as well, so it makes it al- most seam­less.”

The teams were pre­vi­ously split be­tween Phoenix Lodge in Mid­dles­brough and Lake­side in Hem­ling­ton.

Pa­tients were in­volved in plan­ning and de­sign­ing the new build­ing – even pick­ing its wall art and bright colour scheme. Meet­ing rooms have been de­signed to be flex­i­ble to use, and can ac­com­mo­date a range of treat­ment, in­clud­ing in­no­va­tive art ses­sions.

“Art ther­apy is one of the NICE guide­lines which were en­cour­aged to pro­vide to peo­ple who come into the psy­chosis unit,” said Ms Harpin. “It works for a num­ber of peo­ple on a num­ber of lev­els. It’s a non-ver­bal treat­ment which pro­vides an­other form of com­mu­ni­cat­ing peo­ple’s in­ner emo­tions.”

The Park Road build­ing was of­fi­cially opened by the chair­man of Tees, Esk and Wear Val­leys NHS Trust, Les­ley Bes­sant. She said: “This mod­ern fa­cil­ity will help us en­sure that we con­tinue to pro­vide the high­est level of care and sup­port.”

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