Your staff team
The Multidisplinary team are specialists who have training and experience in helping people with mental health difficulties. You may be supported by all or some of the people in the Multidisplinary team. The team will make sure your care and treatment is of a high standard.
The doctors in Lotus Ward are called psychiatrists. You will have a consultant psychiatrist in charge of your assessment and treatment. Your psychiatrist is the lead person who plans your care with the team.
The ward manager will run the ward you are staying in on the ward. This person is responsible for the day to day running of the ward. They supervise the care you receive from staff.
Psychologists aim to understand your current issues using a range of assessments, including direct observations and interviews. This information is used to develop a formulation of what has contributed to and maintained your difficulties.
Occupational therapy department
Occupational therapists will help you to develop independence skills and activities for your daily life. This means practicing how to do things more by yourself. They will help you with self-care, food preparation, things you like to do and want to become more skilled at doing.
Case managers will support you if your discharge pathway is unclear your case managers will liaise with local authority, community services young people and family/carers to ensure that you are discharged in a timely and safe manner. Case managers will also liaise with your community team and support your family during discharge planning.
Activities available in the unit are coordinated by the activities coordinator. Activity workers run sessions with the young people. Activity workers can provide 1:1 and group sessions for the young people. This helps with having structure and routine in your day.
Speech and language therapy department
Speech and language therapists support the young people with communication difficulties. This means finding out about what you understand, how you communicate/talk to others and how you like other people to communicate/talk to you.
You may work with a dietitian if you need help with having a healthy balanced diet. They can give you expert advice about the best type of foods to eat.
Education – River Tees Multi-Academy Trust
The staff of River Tees Multi-Academy Trust provide education for young people as part of the structured day. The education team offer GCSE’s/Entry level/p levels in: English, maths, science, art, ICT, design and technology, food technology, music, P.E., horticulture and drama.