Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's Radbourne Unit have successfully established a partnership with Derby Adult Learning service, for the delivery of adult education courses directly to patients on the ward.
Patients will be given the opportunity to take part in taster sessions that will be delivered on the unit. The first of these sessions will be in Confidence Building and Motivational Skills. Other courses that will be offered include Functional English, Mathematics and Information Technology. The scheme will be piloted initially for three months from January 2013.
This initiative is a new way of supporting patients back into the local community and to reduce the impact of social exclusion often associated with mental illness.
Angela Griffin, Registered Nurse, said: “The idea firmly focuses on the individual patient’s recovery programme and aims to prepare patients as part of their discharge process. This learning opportunity aims to help patients gain new skills and support them in building up their confidence levels. This is an important part of their recovery programme. After being discharged from the ward, patients will be encouraged to continue their learning at their local Adult Learning Centre. The feedback from patients up to this point has been extremely positive and the idea has been born out of listening to what patients wanted.”
After leaving the ward, patients who have taken part in the courses will be supported by both organisations to continue their engagement with Derby Adult Learning. Through developing new skills and gaining qualifications, it is hoped patients will become more socially active, have increased opportunities, greater social networks, increased confidence and self-esteem, all of which could contribute to better mental health for the future.
It is hoped the pilot will become a permanent partnership that can offer huge benefits for patients for years to come.
Andrew Bunyan, Strategic Director for Children and Young People, said “This scheme demonstrates the excellent relationship between Derby City Council and local healthcare providers to help and support people from a variety of backgrounds. Many people will be able to enhance their skills in a number of subjects and it will also help them to improve their confidence to achieve their potential in life.”