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Oasis Mental Health Team are finalists for Nursing Times Award!

Oasis Mental Health Team are finalists for Nursing Times Award!
Oasis Mental Health Team are finalists for Nursing Times Award!

We are so proud to share that our Oasis Mental Health Team has been shortlisted in the Nursing Times Awards category of Nursing in Mental Health!

The category states that people with mental health need therapeutic interventions that increase their independence and/or empower them to manage their condition and recognise triggers that may result in relapse or exacerbation. Their intensive involvement means nurses make a huge contribution to the care of these patients and clients, whether in community or inpatient settings, working in general or specialist mental healthcare services.

The award category was open to individuals and teams working in the NHS or independent sector who have developed initiatives that have improved the delivery of mental health care. Entrants had to demonstrate the benefits of their work in terms of improved quality of life or increased independence of their patient or client group.

In our application, we shared that following the COVID 19 pandemic there has been an increased focus on the mental health needs of students in education, the impact of well-being on attendance, attainment, and aspiration. The Oasis Mental Health Team was established to support children and families at four levels: creating a trauma responsive whole school environment by training all staff to consider the emotional needs of students, to create a therapeutic response within small groups and dedicated 1:1 support, or to undertake clinical mental health assessment providing a therapeutic program or to facilitate an effective referral to CAMHS teams or GP services. 

To facilitate this series of intervention Oasis has employed a multi-disciplinary team including mental health nurses, psychotherapist, counsellors, psychologists, experienced nurses, teachers, and primary mental health care workers. All who work with the wider school community including students, parents, and staff to deliver mental health support. 

The team have developed a matrix approach to map 4 levels of need against 5 criteria that includes impact on self, impact on family, impact on others and impact on learning. This matrix approach is refined to offer classification at primary (4-11yrs), secondary (11-18yrs), and staff. This matrix approach leads to a diverse range of therapeutic interventions that include 1:1 or group work, parenting support groups, particular support following traumatic events such a knife crime incidents or peer suicide. Partnership with local providers is essential and includes CAMHS, GP and local authority and third sector services.

Referral to the team is based on a consent model and occurs through 3 distinct routes: self-referral by the pupils, referrals from parents or from the school safeguarding staff. A process of evaluation is in place that focuses on pupil satisfaction to the intervention, parental engagement and support, and the impact of intervention on attendance and attainment.

The winners will be announced at the Nursing Times Awards on Wednesday 23 October at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London. 

Please join us in congratulating the whole Mental Health Team for making the 2024 Nursing Times Awards shortlist!

Oasis Mental Health Team are finalists for Nursing Times Award!
Himali Dolatessim