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Spencer Ward MDT present at Yorkshire and Humber Involvement Network conference

The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) from Cygnet Hospital Sheffield’s Spencer Ward were delighted to be invited to do a presentation at a recent Yorkshire and Humber Involvement Network conference. Spencer Ward is a low secure ward for female service users experiencing a range of mental disorders.

The team were invited to do a presentation on MDT meeting standards. This follows consistently positive feedback that the team have received from service users, commissioning teams and the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Quality Network Peer Review for their high quality of service and service user centred MDT meetings.

The presentation was co-produced by two service users from Spencer Ward together with three members of the ward’s MDT, Dr Bhagat (Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist), Sunita Bhatti (Trainee Forensic Psychologist) and Patrice Mpala (Clinical Team Lead).

The team talked about their success in following MDT standards and how they involve service users in MDT meetings right from the beginning. Feedback from each discipline is discussed with the service users in the MDT meetings. Service users are involved in decisions about their care and leave plans and a risk assessment led by the service user is completed during each MDT meeting.

The meetings are open to external professionals, NHS England case managers and carers (with the consent of the service user). The way in which the MDT meetings are conducted reflects the service’s ethos of involving service users in all aspects of their care, being open and transparent with our service users and other stakeholders. Each service user has a 45 minutes slot for their MDT meeting.

“It was a great opportunity for our low secure female service to showcase our practice. It was also a great platform for the two service users who presented their views of how different it feels to be involved in the meetings that are truly centred around their needs. The meetings help them feel supported and their views respected by their clinical team on Spencer.”Dr Vinaya Bhagat, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Cygnet Hospital Sheffield

The presentation was well received by the service users and staff from other secure services who attended the event.

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