03 August 2015

New support for Bristol inpatients

Creativepsychteam_250 A specialist creative  Psychological Therapy Team is now working across the wards at Southmead and Callington Road Hospitals.

The new team offer a space to help people make sense of their hospital admission and to understand the emotional distress and crisis in their lives when words to describe their experience may be hard to find.

Working across several different wards the team offer a comprehensive service within the modalities of music, art, drama and dance movement psychotherapy.

Offering NICE guideline treatments and facilitating individual and group psychotherapy, the team also offer reflective practice sessions to ward staff and work closely with the Complex Psychological Interventions team to ensure access to psychological therapy after discharge.

A patient recently donated some artwork to Aspen ward, saying "I attribute a great deal of my recovery to my involvement with the arts psychotherapists".

The new team was put together by Sarah Frizzle, Inpatient services Manager and is made up of Fiona Williams- Team Manager and Art Psychotherapist, Nick Hayman-Music Psychotherapist, Rebecca Smart-Art Psychotherapist, Gerard Lee-Art Psychotherapist, Fay Henley-Day- Art Psychotherapist, Jackie Edwards-Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Jack Eastwood- Drama Psychotherapist.

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