The Gloucester House nursing team at Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London was a finalist in the Mental Health Nursing category of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019. The profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence attracted almost 700 entries this year.
Since clinical lead and lead nurse Kirsty Brant joined Gloucester House, nurses and education staff have worked together in a pioneering collaboration.
The pupils, age 5-14 years, have experienced complex trauma and their attachment, neurodevelopmental and social communication needs were often not being met.
The staff used core nursing skills and a holistic psychosocial approach – working alongside pupils at lunch, play times, individually and in groups – to provide clinical support and interventions.
The approach by the nine-strong team (Lead Nurse, 2 Clinical Nurse Specialists and 6 therapeutic support workers) in addition to clinical case management includes targeted interventions around self-esteem, emotional literacy, psychoeducation, physical well-being and mindfulness. They report marked improvements in pupils’ educational attainment and behaviour.
Kirsty Brant says: “Nursing plays a critical role in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of the children who come to Gloucester House.
"We’re delighted the dedication of our nursing team has been recognised in this way, and it’s an honour to be nominated alongside the other great mental health nursing projects from across the UK.
"We are grateful for the ongoing support and collaboration from our education colleagues and other members of the Gloucester House multi-professional team”
RCNi managing director Rachel Armitage says: "Nurses in all areas are increasingly under pressure but they still deliver exceptional innovation and outstanding, compassionate patient care day in, day out.
"The RCNi Nurse Awards are a chance to recognise the achievements of nurses like Kirsty and her team and showcase nursing excellence.”