Psychiatry - Onsite Consultant

Thistle Hill Hall's Consultant Psychiatrist chairs all MDT meetings, and  regularly review residents and assess:

 

  • Symptoms and Illness

  • Medication

  • Physical Health (in conjunction with the local GP)

  • Risks Care Plans

  • Treatment goals

  • Recovery Pathway

  • Capacity

  • Mental Health Act Status

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Psychology - Onsite Consultant

The Psychology service at Thistle Hill Hall  is a consultant-led integrated service that enables residents to have access to psychological treatment and care onsite. The service focuses upon delivery of the psychological component of rehabilitation and recovery.

 

This service has four main components:

 

  1. Psychological Assessment of Mental Health, cognitive functioning, personality, autistic spectrum conditions, motivation, and emotional, social and interpersonal functioning;

  2. Case Formulation and MDT Care Planning. This informs the MDT which treatment and care actions are needed to facilitate change, growth and recovery towards greater independence;

  3. Psychological Treatment and MDT Case Review. There is a range of theoretical approaches available, informed by cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and compassion-focused therapy interventions;

  4. Staff Support through Reflective Practice and CPD.

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Occupational Therapy

Thistle Hill Hall places strong importance upon the positive outcome evidenced benefits Occupational Therapy engagement has upon an individual’s recovery pathway.  To strengthen this, significant investment has been made in providing highly skilled activity team members to support the lead occupational therapist alongside generous and specific budgets for this domain.

Occupational therapy at Thistle Hill Hall promotes recovery-orientated interventions which prioritise autonomy, empowerment and respect for the individual receiving our care.

The recovery model, person‐centred care and shared decision making are treatment approaches which emphasize and enhance an individual's potential for recovery, whilst focusing on their unique goals and life circumstances.

A variety of structured, unstructured and observational assessments are utilized to help build an individualized occupational profile; from which service users are supported in developing a structured routine to help meet their ongoing needs, preferences and aspirations.

This can be anything from becoming independent in self-care tasks and instrumental activities of daily living, for example shopping and cooking; to attaining self-identified goals such as going to college, gaining employment or even going on holiday.

Occupational interventions, support plans and structured activity timetables are regularly reviewed and evaluated to ensure that our service users occupational needs are being met.

Thistle Hill Hall’s full-time Occupational Therapist (OT) will assess and support a resident in developing and maintaining skills such as:

  • Domestic Activities: Cooking, shopping, cleaning their environment and laundry;

  • Self Care: Personal Care and hygiene;  

  • Responsibilites: Finances, budgeting and social commitments (i.e appoinments, hobbies, work); 

  • Accessing the Community: Use of public transport and awareness of environmental hazards;

  • Social Skills: Improving confidence and social interaction;

  • Educational and Work Related: Pursuing college courses, seeking employment or voluntary roles within Thistle Hill Hall and the wider community. 

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Therapeutic Art - Onsite Consultant

These workshops are informal, relaxed and all residents are encouraged to engage. These sessions are run by our onsite tutor who has experience and qualifications in providing person-centred Art Therapy. Residents are free to work at their own pace and attend for as long as they wish.

 

The benefits of therapeutic art are:

 

  • Individuals can gain to confidence and self esteem;

  • It develops and maintains existing skill sets;

  • It helps individuals to develop further self awareness;

  • It introduces structure and develops routines;

  • It increased levels of concentration;

  • Prevention or reduction in the chances of relapse.

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Activity Team

The activities team at Thistle Hill Hall consists of a group of highly skilled practitioners including qualified teachers, who work closely with the Occupational Therapist and the rest of the team.

 

We adopt a holistic approach and therefore offer a wide range of activities to suit all ages and abilities. Some of our activities are seasonal and all activities are changeable because we respond to residents’ needs and preferences.

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We encourage residents to get involved, providing opportunities for individuals to work independently and cooperatively.

 

They may wish to rekindle interests, improve skills, learn something new or find an interest that helps them to relax and take their mind off worries and cares.

 

Our aim is to build confidence and self-esteem and develop social and problem solving skills in a positive, friendly environment.

 

We also offer a programme of workshops, involving members of the care team who wish to share their hobby or interest with our residents. These have proved to be very successful.

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