Who's who at Manannan Court?
The care team in Manannan Court is multidisciplinary. This means that there are staff working from lots of different professional backgrounds who may be involved in your care. These staff make up the multi-disciplinary team or MDT and can include:
The Consultant Psychiatrist will be your responsible clinician and will be in overall charge of your care. The Consultant Psychiatrist will work with other ward doctors who are also psychiatrists.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have special training to assess a person's mental state. They use a range of assessments to diagnose a mental illness and can use a variety of psychological treatments and prescribe medication to help a person recover.
Some patients have to stay in Manannan Court under the Isle of Man Mental Health Act. When this happens, your responsible clinician will also have some special extra duties and will make decisions around letting you have leave from the ward, checking that you understand and agree to your treatment and that you have capacity and consent to make decisions about it.
During your stay you will be allocated a named nurse who will be responsible for working with you and planning and evaluating your care. Your named nurse will work closely with you and will be in charge of your everyday care. Your nurse will try to develop a good relationship with you and will encourage you to participate in your care. This is very important as it will help to ensure that you understand and are involved in all decisions and subsequent discharge planning. If your named nurse is off duty you can speak to any member of the nursing staff team.
There is always a nurse in charge on each ward on every shift. The name of the nurse in charge will be displayed on the ward.
The role of your named nurse
Your named nurse will:
- Work within his or her professional body’s code of practice
- Carry out assessments with you
- Plan and evaluate your plan of care with you
- Liaise with other professionals involved in your care ensuring there are common goals and that effective communication is maintained
- Ensure that formal review occurs within the multi-disciplinary framework
- Ensure the accurate, regular and comprehensive updating of your records
- Act as an identified point of contact for you and your carer within the team
- Work with you and others on planning your discharge
There is a clinical psychologist and an assistant psychologist. Psychologists are not medical doctors so they do not prescribe medication. Psychologists might carry out assessments to help understand how best to meet your needs.
The psychology staff might suggest and deliver different therapeutic approaches such as talking therapy, dialectic behaviour therapy and they might meet you on a one to one basis or in a group. Sometimes the psychologist might work closely with others involved in your care to help them understand how best to meet your needs.
The Occupational Therapist may work with you to help you to identify any strengths and difficulties that you might have and support you to work out practical solutions. The Occupational Therapy can help you do things and activities that you might want to do to help you to enjoy your life. The Occupational Therapist will see patients on a one to one basis as well as in groups and can offer programmes such as help with anxiety management, relaxation and desensitisation.
Health Care Assistants
Health Care Assistants (HCAs) actively support the registered nurses in the assessment, planning and delivery of your care plan. HCAs play a major part in the delivery of patient care on the wards and can make a difference to your experience as a patient. They provide practical care and support on the ward. You will be allocated a specific person each shift as your primary contact. One key task often performed by HCAs is the close observation of patients considered too at risk to be left on their own.
The pharmacist is available to provide special advice about any medication you might be taking, how it works and its side effects. If you have any questions about your medication you can also speak to your named nurse or doctor.
Your physical health can have an impact on your general wellbeing. The dietician can give you lots of advice on healthy nutrition, diet and weight management. However, not everyone will need to see the dietician.
Every patient will be allocated a Senior Health Care Assistant as a key worker by the named nurse. The Senior Health Care Assistant (SHCA) will be responsible for ensuring tasks are completed as specified within the recovery Program checklist. The SHCA is a member of the multi-disciplinary team and is responsible for delivering a package of care that has been directed by the Registered Nurse, or Care Coordinator with specific responsibilities as indicated within their role.