Ireland’s top mental health specialists benefit from expertise of CSG member Trust

Ireland’s top mental health specialists benefit from expertise of CSG member Trust

Some of Ireland’s most senior health leaders have paid a special visit to CSG member Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust to see its renowned rehabilitation services at first hand.

The team from Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE), led by Dr Margo Wrigley, National Clinical Advisor and Clinical Programmes Group Lead, want to develop a similar model of care for Ireland.

Rehabilitation services focus on the needs of service users with longer-term and more complex health issues that can often persist for many years and require longstanding and sustained treatment plans.

It is the latest in a line of visits by UK and European mental health practitioners to these particular services at C&I, proof of their status as an international leader for clinical excellence in rehabilitation.

Anne Callanan Cahill, HSE Service Improvement Lead, said of the visit: “The expertise and knowledge presented to us was exceptionally insightful, with several innovative ideas that we are now considering utilising in our new national model of care for service users with severe and enduring mental illness.”

The Irish delegation met C&I patients including Patricia Casey, who told them: “The occupational therapy and staff are very good here and the rehabilitation works well.”

Dr Julian Summerfield, C&I Consultant Rehabilitation Psychiatrist, said: “A fifth of people who are newly-diagnosed with psychosis develop complex needs that require rehabilitation services.

“As well as aiming to improve symptoms and daily functioning, we support people to achieve as much autonomy and independence as possible.”

Innovation such as this at C&I is key to providing relevant and effective mental health services that reflect the needs of London’s population.

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