Cygnet Hospital Harrow Celebrates Carers Day

Cygnet Hospital Harrow invited carers to celebrate Carers Day with staff on the 13th June 2019. Ten carers attended the event which included presentations from staff and guest speakers from local support services. The event was hosted by Alexander Lawrence, Hospital Manager and Navin Ramgolam, Clinical Manager.

Carers were informed of the hospital’s developing partnership working with external organisations to promote social inclusion. Abe Ncube, Manager for Mencap Harrow, spoke about the role of the Care Act Advocate and how Mental Health Advocate can support carers in accessing carer’s assessment.

Karen Withers, Information & Advice / Well-being Manager and Colin Powell, spoke about the various services available for Carers to promote their well-being such as accessing respite, supporting carers to access employment and training, provision of home care services and their work with Harrow School with Young Carers.

“I learnt so much, it’s been a great day.”Carer

Members of the Cygnet Hospital Harrow Psychology team; Anisah Ebrahimjee, Nikita Shah and Juliana Figuerido, shared with carers how to manage difficult behaviour, preventing escalation of negative behaviour, including the importance of the patient Communication Passport. One outcome of the presentation was that the psychology team will be considering developing communication guidance for parents.

Karen Marcelline and her colleague from Harrow College shared with carers how they provide support to patients that attend their college from the hospital and spoke of the success stories they have had with students from the hospital. Mental Health Solicitor, Luke Coleman from Duncan Lewis then spoke about the role of a Mental Health Solicitor, sections of the MHA 1983 Act, sec 2 & 3 and the role of the Nearest Relative.

Carers also had the oppportunity to visit the hospital’s Recovery College where Donna Reilly, Occupational Therapist, invited them to see the artwork of service users. They were also treated to a musical performance by a service user from Springs Unit, who played the piano and his musical percussion instruments.

The event was a great success and following on from it Cygnet Hospital Harrow shall be holding their first Carers Drop-In on the 4th July, at 2pm- 4pm, in partnership with Harrow Carers. The Drop-in will provide the opportunity for carers to have access to additional support and discuss issues of concern regarding their role as an unpaid carer.

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