"Mental health services for Older People Event MHSOP"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(as a staff member),

Today is an event for Raising awareness of our services, some of the exhibitors here today spent a few moments to share their work.

The cognitive stimulation therapy service is a service provided by Mhsop. It helps sustain memory for service users in the community . 2 sessions a week for 7 weeks is provided free of charge with lunch & transport thrown in! The therapy is informal and fun in a frendly and relaxing environment . It helps people socialise and mix with peers.

For more information speak to your GP.

The event was supported by Nottinghamshire sign language Interpreting Services, enabling members of the deaf community to participate.

It is an excellent showcase for services we provide to older people. A lot of passion & commitment is on show.

It's been a good opportunity to promote the work of the BME communities of interest says a BME staff member.

Tracey Righton, speech & language therapist said: "It has been a great opportunity to promote our role in supporting services for in patients with functional mental health problems on Daybrook Ward at City Hospital & B50 ward QMC."

Lisa Bannister, Deputy Ward Manager on Bronte Ward at Ashfield Community Hospital, said: "We care for older persons with dementia and behaviours that are challenging. We are here at the MHSOP showcase today to share our progress in 'Safety Express'. Its aim is to reduce the amount of falls and harm caused from falls in the ward environment. As a multi diciplinary team we have looked at factors that can contribute to falls in the older person, such as the environment, clothing and footwear.. Medication can be a contributing factor to falls, we have great input from the ward consultant and pharmacist making all our jobs much easier."

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Response from Helen Smith, AHP lead, Mental health services for older people, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for another posting regarding the Life to Live event.

This one really demonstrates the innovation and the use of evidence based treatments ( Cognitive Stimulation Therapy) adopted by Mental Health Services for Older People. Shoud anyone wish to find out more about Safety Express or Cognitive Stimulation Therapy please contact me and I will forward you relevant information: helen.smith@nottshc.nhs.uk

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