Stockport staff welcome Belarus guests

Our Healthy Young Minds Stockport team recently welcomed health

Belarus colleagues from Belarus.

The visit was arranged by Kay Harvey, consultant child psychiatrist and Sally Trowse, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) clinical nurse specialist, with the aim of sharing skills, knowledge and experience.

Kay and Sally welcomed Elena Hrozdeva, Natalia Semenyaka, Galina Femenok and Natasha Samoilik from Gomel in Belarus and Linda Walker from the Chernobyl Children’s Project UK (CCP-UK).” Their visit comes just over a year after Kay and Sally visited Belarus.

Improving mental health care is a key priority in Belarus.  When the Chernobyl disaster happened in 1986, 70 per cent of the radioactive fallout landed in the area. This resulted in increased rates of physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health difficulties in children.

A key focus for the CCP-UK is to improve joined up working between health professionals at all levels – from government departments to frontline clinical staff. 

Sally and Kay delivered training sessions focused on supporting teenagers with ADHD and shared examples of how joined up working between different professionals has made a real difference locally.

For more information about the CCP-UK please visit: www.chernobyl-children.org.uk