Psychiatrists and medical staff
At Leigh House we have two Consultant Psychiatrists, as well as one Associate Specialist, a Specialty Doctor and a trainee Specialist Registrar.
Every week there is a clinical meeting of all team members at Leigh House at which your progress will be discussed and plans made for your further treatment. You will be able to contribute to and hear the decisions of this meeting, either by attending yourself, or through your primary nurse. The case holder is available to all members of the team to co-ordinate and advise on your treatment.
You will also have a medical doctor allocated to you. They will meet with you regularly to hear how you are progressing, review your medication, manage any physical health problems and make recommendations about your treatment. They will have day to day responsibility for your medical care.
The nursing team is the group of staff with whom you will have the most day to day contact whilst at Leigh House.
Members of the nursing team provide care on a 24 hour basis, and you will be allocated to a specific primary nurse and one or two associate nurses as part of your core team.
They will be responsible for co-ordinating your treatment during your stay. These nurses will meet you on a regular basis, to help identify areas in which you may be experiencing difficulties. They, along with other team members, will work with you and your families in agreeing a plan of treatment, appropriate to your needs.
The nursing staff will attend meetings with you, your family and other professionals regarding your care, throughout your stay at Leigh House.
Psychologists are trained to understand how people behave, think and learn. They use this understanding to help with a wide range of problems, from difficulties in learning and developing to problems with personal and social relationships.
Psychologists work with individuals, groups of young people and their families.
The type of work we might become involved in includes:
- Discussing in detail the specific problem and advising you and/or your parents about different ways of dealing with it.
- Understanding how thoughts and feelings affect what people do, and consider how other ways of thinking might change your behaviour.
- Understanding how your behaviour fits in with what other people are doing in the family and looking at ways of changing the whole situation.
- Carrying out specific assessments around particular problems you might be experiencing.
During your stay at Leigh House you will meet one of the psychologists and they may meet you with your family. They will then work with your core team to devise a treatment plan that fits your needs best.
Occupational therapists are experts in understanding how illness affects everyday life. When people experience mental or physical illness they may feel unable to do the things that they want and need to do. Occupational therapists work with people to enable them to regain, maintain and develop the skills required to lead a full and satisfying life.
Occupational therapy uses activity as therapy. This involves gaining an understanding of the activities that an individual enjoys and finds beneficial; these are adapted in a way that allows the person to improve motivation, confidence and their level of function in preparation for a future beyond hospital.
At Leigh House, an occupational therapy assessment is carried out to identify how a young person’s illness has affected essential daily life activities or ‘occupations’. An individual plan is discussed and agreed; this may include individual and group sessions.
Our occupational therapists run both individual and group sessions. By working with others in group sessions, young people have an opportunity to develop social skills, gain support and share experiences. Individual sessions may also be offered to focus on particular issues that cannot be addressed within the group programme.
The Hospital Education Team provides part-time education on site for all young people of statutory school age who have been admitted to Leigh House. School aged young people follow their home school curriculum as much as possible and over 16s are offered a skills based project that can lead to an accredited qualification.
The team aims to meet the individual learning needs of each young person and protect and promote learning skills, whilst minimising disruption to education and providing educational continuity.
At Leigh House, we offer a safe and supportive educational environment, as well as regular individual tutorials, personal time-tables and teaching plans reflecting individual needs and a wide range of cultural, sporting and creative activities for all young people. We also liaise closely with parents, ‘home’ schools and colleges and support home school or college re-integration.
Post 16s are supported in a skills based study where the aim is, through a project, to improve and maintain concentration, research and evaluation skills as well as to provide structure and purpose to the day. Careers guidance is also available.
Family therapy ensures that the family is fully involved in an individual’s treatment. We help you and your family work out how things will be different when you have overcome your problem, and to map out the route to that goal.
In a typical family therapy session, you and your family will talk to one or two therapists, usually in a room equipped with video camera and one-way screen, behind which other members of the team listen to the discussion. Afterwards the family listen in as the team discuss their thoughts.
Sometimes members of the family join the group behind the screen to overhear the others talking with a therapist.
We ensure that everyone has the opportunity to speak, are listened to properly and feel safe talking about tricky subjects. We also respond to what is said, but perhaps in ways that help you see a familiar problem in a different way.
After admission, an introductory family meeting is arranged to agree a focus for later work. Hour long family therapy meetings are then held every two to three weeks. Handover meetings are set up with the Community Family Therapy team, where work needs to continue after discharge.
- Assess and report child protection issues when necessary.
As a member of the multi-disciplinary team the most important purpose of a social worker is to provide a specialised family-orientated therapeutic service to our young people and their families/carers. We try to make the service as accessible as possible and to offer the most appropriate support in each individual case.