Congratulations to Rebekah Bewsey and the team at Brookside who won the RCNi Mental Health Practice Award last night (4 July). More than 500 guests came together to celebrate the RCNi Nurse Awards. With 14 category winners, a Special Recognition Award and the RCN Nurse of the Year Award, the night was a truly memorable experience for all those involved.
Rebekah and the team at Brookside provide child and adolescent mental health services and the award recognises the transformation that has taken place within the service.
This team transformed the mental healthcare of children and young people, turning services from inadequate to outstanding in 18 months. When the Brookside Adolescent Inpatient Unit was closed for modernisation, the team decided to treat patients at home. It now offers 24-hour crisis provision, increasing scope for positive risk-taking and treating young people in the least restrictive environment. The home treatment team is keeping young people with emotional dysregulation and self-harm out of hospital. In one year it prevented 244 admissions. Inpatient length of stay has been significantly reduced to an average of 25 days. Restraint incidents have fallen dramatically.
Caroline O’Donnell, director for acute and rehabilitation services, said “I am fantastically proud of Rebekah and the whole team at Brookside. They have worked hard with colleagues, patients and partners to truly transform the way we deliver services to our young people.”
John Brouder, chief executive, said “Huge congratulations to some of our NELFT stars . So proud of you all and what you have achieved.”