Welcome to this week’s message. Firstly wanted to say a big thank you to all of those colleagues who were working so hard looking after patients over Easter. I do hope you all got to spend some time with your loved ones and some well-deserved rest too.
This week I wanted to talk to you about an amazing project launching in the Emergency Department this weekend called Emerge. This is an important collaboration between ASPH, the Emerge Advocacy and the East to West Trust charities which aims to support, enhance and improve the experience of young people and adults, aged from 10-25, whom present in ED because they are struggling with self-harm or feeling suicidal.
The fully trained Emerge volunteers will be on site, initially on a Sunday and Monday evening from 7-11pm, where they will take referrals from the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), paediatric or adult ED and appropriate wards. An Emerge volunteer, with the consent of the young person, will sit with them while they wait to be seen, begin to get to know them and offer reassurance. They can stay with the young person while they are seen by clinical staff, if appropriate and accompany them to the ward and help them to settle there. The volunteers also offer follow-up support in the community and accompany the young person to appointments, if appropriate; aiming to see them engaged in treatment activities to aid their recovery.
This project fits in perfectly with the wider piece of work that ASPH have been undertaking with SABP for over two years. A National directive which aims for mental health and acute hospital providers, to work together with other partners (such as primary care, IAPT services, police, ambulance, substance misuse, social care, voluntary sector) to ensure that people presenting at A&E with primary or secondary mental health and / or underlying psychosocial needs have these needs met more effectively through an improved, integrated community service offer.
This exciting new Emerge initiative came into fruition as it was pitched, by the Lead Chaplain Laurence Gamlen, at the wonderful ASPH Dragon Den’s event last June and one of the projects I competed for against the other dragons and won to be the sponsor.
I am delighted to announce that our next Dragons Den event coming is up on the Friday 14th June starting at 9.30, so please put the date in your diary and put your thinking caps on. We have an additional 10,000 pounds to invest into your ideas and initiatives and look forward to seeing the incredible creativity and team spirit from last year again as you work with us towards providing an outstanding experience and outcome for patients and team ASPH.
In the meantime have a great weekend.
With very best wishes,