Vicki has worked for many years at the Trust's Hartington Unit, based on Chesterfield Royal Hospital site. The unit is the Trust’s main inpatient service for Chesterfield and North Derbyshire residents with acute mental health needs. The Hartington Unit consists of three adult (and older adult) acute inpatient wards called Morton Ward, Pleasley Ward and Tansley Ward, an outpatient service, memory clinic, community mental health teams, occupational therapy team and a crisis resolution and home treatment service.
Vicki started at the Hartington Unit as a student when doing her placement there. She loved it so much that she waited for seven months for a vacancy to come up so that she could apply. She has now worked there for 10 years. She says: “I would love to take up the Ward Manager’s post when she retires and then work there until I retire from nursing.”
That shows how much she loves her work and the team she is in. She says: “It’s like being part of a big happy family!”
What does she like about working in this area ?
She says: “There is a real community focus about the area, the Neighbourhood teams are fantastic and work very closely with the unit.”
What about the actual work ?
She says: “It’s the diversity of my work that I love. I also feel a very strong sense of loyalty to the Unit and being born and bred in Chesterfield, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, I love being in Derbyshire for all it has to offer as a lovely place to live.”
The three wards at the Hartington Unit, Morton Ward, Pleasley Ward and Tansley Ward, are mixed 24-bedded adult acute inpatient wards, with Pleasley Ward also catering for older adults. Each ward is dedicated to providing patients with individualised care plans tailored to meet their specific needs which promotes both mental and physical health. Regular protected 1:1 therapeutic engagement time between nurse and patient is given a high priority to ensure that inpatients feel fully involved in their care.
The nursing and medical teams enjoy a close working relationship which enables an improved patient experience. There are also close relations with the crisis team, community mental heath teams and occupational therapy and recreational workers; this all ensures a smooth care pathway from one service to another.
The outpatient service based at the Hartington Unit provides consultant advice, assessment, diagnosis and treatment to people over the age of 16 with a mental health problem, who are referred by their GP. Home assessments are provided at the request of the GP where it is appropriate.