Bury mental health ward wins award

An adult mental health ward based in Bury is celebrating winning an award for demonstrating resilience during a challenging time.

North Ward CARES AwardNorth Ward, on Fairfield General Hospital’s Irwell Unit, received one of the Trust’s CARES Awards for their hard work when faced with unprecedented events, including the sudden death of a colleague.

The service is an acute admission ward that deals with people who are admitted in a mental health crisis.

Through determination and morale boosting, the service has maintained a high standard of care while dealing with personal grief for a colleague and high levels of patient admissions.

Staff were happy to work long shifts and encouraged speaking up and listening to others, creating a pleasant work enviroment.

Wesley Hand, ward manager, said: “The staff are special for many reasons, they have showed high level of resilience during this really challenging time. We have picked ourselves up, brushed off the dust and built a stronger team.

North Ward team photo“They have worked really hard over the last 18 months to make our environment a pleasurable one where we are friendly, approachable and welcoming to all our service users.”

Maham*, a service user said; “They’ve helped me by being proactive and focusing on the long term, rather than just the short term.

“They want to help you for the future and prevent further admissions so, they’ve done well in that sense. I think I’d like to say thank you for being really supportive and helpful.”

A video of the service is available to watch on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-cvU-1KWxI

More information is available at: www.penninecare.nhs.uk/irwellunit