A group of 33 American nurses visited North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) on Thursday, 7 June to find out more about our services and look around our mental health inpatient unit, Sunflowers Court.
The visit from the group of trained and trainee nurses, who are from Shorter University, in Georgia, America, was part of a four week course that looked at international health care systems.
The group were welcomed to the Trust, in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, by Stephanie Dawe, Chief Nurse and Executive Director for Mental Health Services, Steph Bridger, Head of Nursing, and Pete Williams, Assistant Operational Director, who gave the group an overview of the Trust.
Stephanie Dawe spoke to the visiting nurses about the services to people at Sunflowers Court, including inpatient treatment for a range of mental health problems.
The group were then shown around Sunflowers Court, the state-of-the-art mental health facility built in 201.
Professor Pam Dunagan was with the American group.
She said: “The visit to NELFT was great for the American group as it enabled them to see how mental health services are provided in a different country to their own. They also learned about some of the latest developments in nursing and more about how the National Health Service works.
“The group were very impressed with the welcome and information they received from the Trust, and the informative tour they had of the Sunflowers Court inpatient unit.”
Stephanie Dawe added: “The visit from the American nurses shows the work we are doing at Sunflowers Court and NELFT is recognised internationally.”
Ward managers Bill Todd, Tebogo Moncho, and Emma Terry; Prosper Mafu, Modern Matron; Wellington Makala, Home Treatment Team Services Manager and Kweku Asare, Rehabilitation Service Manager took the group around Sunflowers Court.