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Top team celebrates first birthday

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North Kirklees insight team is celebrating its first birthday as one of the top performing services in the country.

Members of the team based at Ravensleigh Resource Unit in Dewsbury. L-R Andrew Nelmes (care coordinator), Szilvia Kormondi (team manager), Tina Gill (administrator) and Julie Rivers (care coordinator).

The team plays a vital role in helping people at the early stage of psychosis to fulfil their potential and live well within their community, keeping care close to home.

The team is one of our five early intervention in psychosis (EIP) teams that achieved the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP) standard and is rated as ‘Top performing’. Only 11 teams (7%) in the whole country were rated as ‘Top performing’.

Staff help people experiencing their first episode of psychosis – loss of touch with reality, loss of motivation, experiencing auditory and visual hallucinations, delusional ideas, drop in social functioning – who are new to mental health services.

Team Manager Szilvia Kormondi explains: “There are lots of risks involved with the people in our care. They may be scared, depressed, delusional and have adopted negative coping strategies to deal with their psychosis such as drinking or taking drugs.

“We engage people in a creative way, involve family if appropriate, look if medication can help, offer cognitive behavioural therapy and a wide range of activities such as sports and an allotment group. Mental and physical health are both equally as important.”

The North Kirklees team split off from the larger Kirklees team last August and have achieved great things despite some challenges along with way.

Szilvia said: “We are a small team of 11, originally part of a much bigger one, so that has been an adjustment and the team has been finding its identity over the past twelve months. We’ve also had a high demand for the service which we have coped with well. I’m very proud of the commitment and dedication of staff to those in our care. The key to our success is a healthy team culture, a shared vision and understanding of our goals.”

The nurturing and creative approach of the team pays off. In July, against a target of 60%, 100% of people were seen, offered a care coordinator and given support within 14 days of being referred to the service.

Top team celebrates first birthday

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