"Snow tubing with the Early Intervention team"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient) Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Early intervention

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

The event was a great success we did mange to talk to some service users about there experience of the early intervention team.

Like most services there are chances to improve and change.

Of course without feed back from service users we cannot know what service is being provided and at what level.

The snow tubing was a way of getting people together to have some fun, lunch and chat.

As usual with service users of mental health service medication was talked about and how it in most cases makes patients put on weight. Also that side effects are not explained properly.

I think most people had a smile on there face when doing the snow tubing so that's got to be a good thing.

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Response from Melanie Somes, Clinical Lead , Early Intervention in Psychosis, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust

The event took some planning and organising but it seemed to come together...despite last minute worries that snow tubing would be snowed off!!

The team are always open to feedback and how this can help us to improve and make changes to ensure a quality Early Intervention In Psychosis service for young people and their families. It has always been a challenge to get feedback from our service users and we have needed to be innovative and creative to encourage this. Form filling is always a turn off and is met with reluctance.

The snow-tubing event was a way of getting a group together, to have fun and to create an opportunity to gain feedback through informal discussion and in a relaxed environment. We note the feedback on medication. The side effects, especially for young people can be problematic and distressing.

We do explain side effects and give choice about medication and would encourage anyone who feels this has not been the case to let us know so we can address it. We hope everyone had fun.

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