Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a new training tool to empower its staff to have open conversations with patients around mental health.
We Can Talk was created in partnership with hospital staff, mental health experts and young people with lived experience, thanks to funding from Health Education England.
The training will help staff across the Trust to improve their knowledge, skills, and confidence in supporting young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
The resource, which focuses on the fundamental principles of providing compassionate care, has been co-designed by young advisors aged 18 – 25 with experience of presenting to hospital in a mental health crisis.
Ann Carey, Matron for Child Health, led the project to implement the training at WWL after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission highlighted that staff needed more support when treating children requiring mental health care.
Speaking of the programme Ann said; “At WWL we’re always striving to ensure we give our patients the most compassionate care possible.
“This training will be a key resource for our staff in providing care to young people throughout the organisation.”
Chief Executive Silas Nicholls said: “The past year has been incredibly difficult for so many young people who have had their educational and personal lives disrupted.
“Talking about mental health issues isn’t always easy but in my experience the most important thing is to acknowledge the elephant in the room which is why I’m thrilled to support this initiative.”