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