"Rowan 2 - Community Ward Meeting"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Inpatient mental health care

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

On Tuesday 19th Feb I went along to the Rowan 2 - Community Ward Meeting to chat with patients on the ward and to talk about the Patient Feedback Challenge. The meeting went very well and we got this posting:

"I feel bored. I do cookery once a week. I don't get out enough - why can't students take me out for a walk"

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Response from Ruth Gadd, Acting Service Manager , City Crisis Team, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust

I am pleased that the community meeting went well on Tuesday. I am sorry to hear that you are not getting out and about as often you would like to be. You have asked a very good question about why students can't take you out for a walk. As far as I am aware students are not allowed to escort patients for a walk without another staff member being present. The University of Nottingham is responsible for setting the guidelines regarding students' welfare during their placements with us and we have to make sure that they are followed. If you would like to discuss this in more detail please don't hesitate to ask Ruth Warren or Clinical Team Leader Steve Daykin. You can also call on 0115 8760110.

I understand that you only do cookery once a week, unfortunately I cannot do anything to change this as the Occupational Therapy Department has to cater for all five Wards here at Highbury so each Ward is allocated a day for cookery. However if you speak to Esther, who is Rowan 2's Occupatinal Therapist she is more than happy to involve you in other activities. Again please don't hesitate to talk to us, we are here to help.

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