Authors: Margaret Jones, Vic
Event: 2003 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Mental Health & Inpatient settings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper will examine the development, implementation and effectiveness of the role of Coordinator of the Extra Care Unit (ECU) at St. Vincent’s Mental Health Service, Melbourne with regard to the treatment of patients requiring psychiatric intensive care. An Advisory Group was organized to support the role of Coordinator to ensure that the care provided for patients in ECU was in keeping with best practice and to ensure the provision of a safe environment for both patients and staff.
This paper will outline the actions taken by the Coordinator and the Advisory Group; these include doing base line and comparative audits of the use of the ECU and Seclusion, surveys/focus groups of staff, carers and patients regarding their experience, perception and attitude to the ECU. A review of current practices, procedures and equipment was also implemented, and revision of all policies pertaining to ECU was conducted. The Advisory Group also developed a Discussion Paper, which examined issues of the limitation of the structural environment, service practices and procedures, staff attitudes and patient experience of ECU.