26 June 2012

Exchange visit breaks the ice

Acute inpatient and intensive care services were showcased to an international audience with a professional visit from Iceland Mental Health Services.

The visiting party was led by chief executive Dr Pall Matthiasson and included a mixture of clinical, operational and architectural professions. Iceland Mental Health Services are developing a psychiatric intensive care service to support their acute care pathway as part of their overall modernisation programme.

Acute adult inpatient clinical director Andy Johnston organised the visit having recently returned from a clinical development visit to view mental health service provision in Iceland and present at their annual conference.

During the visit the team spent time on Hazel and Elizabeth Casson House PICUs and Lime acute ward discussing care pathways, treatment models and outcomes and environmental influences on practice.

On completion of the tour, Dr Matthiasson said, "I would like to thank you and your staff for the very welcoming and professional reception we received when we visited acute adult and PICU services in Bristol. The exemplary services you provide are an inspiration to us and will guide our move in Iceland towards improved clinical settings for acutely disturbed service users."

Andy Johnston reflected on a very successful tour and thanked Linda Holbrook, Derick Travers, Dr Singh, and Dr Kristina Gintalaite for their time and effort in supporting the visit.
He said, "The visitors gave us very positive feedback about our services and the way we are developing them. Colleagues can be proud that we're able to share practice at an international level like this."

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