We are pleased to report that Dr Lucy Wheen, Clinical Lead for Bryn Melyn Care has been announced as a Wales Care Awards finalist 2016 in the “Excellence in Mental Health Care” category.
This prestigious award ceremony will take place at City Hall Cardiff on Friday 21st October 2016 and we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Lucy on such an outstanding achievement and wish her all the best on the night.
The Wales Care Awards help to raise the status and profile of the work of the social care workforce in Wales, promoting best practice across the sector and has been an annual fixture since 2003. Bob Yetzes, CEO for Bryn Melyn Care commented; “We are delighted to receive this recognition of the good work being carried out by the teams involved in delivering our specialist mental health step-down service. There’s a hard working dedicated team behind our first specialist home in Wrexham with a great passion for making a difference in young people’s lives as they adjust to community living following a period in hospital.”
Bob adds; “Lucy and the team deliver an excellent service for young people to receive the best quality of care and support possible and we look forward to opening our second specialist home this autumn”.
Lucy has been working with young people at Bryn Melyn Care for two years. She works closely with clinicians, care practitioners and teaching staff to offer consultation and guidance on therapeutic practice, behaviour management and achieving positive outcomes for young people. Lucy helps to ensure that staff and young people feel safe in their environment.
In September 2015 Bryn Melyn Care changed the registration for one of its homes based in the Wrexham area to specialise in offering a ‘step down’ service to young people who had been detained under the mental health act, or placed in a hospital setting and are now ready for discharge into the community, but not able to return to their family home.
To date young people placed in this home have made remarkable progress, learning to live in a community setting, engaging in education and social activities and developing positive emotional wellbeing. Lucy’s role in this has been pivotal and from the planning stage to its opening remained child focussed in her approach, liaising with external CAMH’s practitioners, discussing the purpose of the home and how it might enable young people with mental health issues to live in a community setting with the support needed to keep them safe from harm and to allow them to enhance their own coping strategies for later life away from a care setting.
Lucy ensured the whole of her team received training in DBT (Dialectal Behavioural Therapy) and that they are able to share this knowledge with care practitioners and young people in DBT skills groups and consultation. Lucy has worked hard to set up strong links with community services such as CMe in the Community, local CAMH’s and other hospital services.
With her thorough understanding of the nature and impact of mental health issues for young people and the key people in their lives, Lucy is able to help others to consider this and has recruited a brand new clinical team based on the needs of the service.
Lucy comments, “It has definitely been a team effort building a mental health service that we are all proud of. Well done to the whole team who do an amazing job every day and to the young people who are striving towards positive goals in their lives”
The Wales Care Awards recognise the important work individual’s do within the wider care sector and the awards demonstrate the commitment of so many people supporting the vulnerable and those with disabilities throughout Wales.