Tag Archive: admission

Endings and transitions are typically difficult times for young people, their families, and the ward team involved. Because discharge is as significant as admission, moving forward is an essential part of sensitively managing therapeutic relationships.

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A handover is given to the education team when the young person is first admitted. This involves: the reason for admission, risk level, what school they attend and any special requirements. Information is provided about how the YP was performing at school prior to admission.

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We strongly believe in helping parents make use of the respite an inpatient admission offers to regroup in their own lives and we offer parents opportunities to discuss how they can do this.

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We run a Parenting Skills Group on Friday for a series of sessions during every child’s admission. Improvements in parenting skills and well-being support improvements in outcomes for young people.

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Pre-admission information – Early on in a young person’s admission, ideally beforehand, we try to do a home visit. This enables us to see the YP at home, and start to get to know them and their parents/carers as a family before the YP comes into hospital. This also enables us to have a deeper understanding of the YP’s likes and dislikes and generally to be able to chat about things from home. Knowing the home setting can enable us all to have ‘home’ in mind when being with the YP on the ward. The home visit can also be a good chance for parents to discuss their worries, or ask questions in a less formal setting.

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3-day baseline monitoring takes place from admission – this records each YPs’ food and fluid intake.

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“…more information at the time of admission to allay their worries, including information about who staff were, what happens within units, and about possible outcomes for their child. A frequent request was for information to be in understandable language without the use of jargon.” (See YoungMinds’ Where Next 2)

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During their stay, the young people have the opportunity to learn adaptive skills which can prevent re-admission.

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Weekend home leave is encouraged as soon as possible but this may not be appropriate at the beginning of a young Person’s admission.

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Plans around young people’s discharge start soon after their admission. Young People and their carers are involved in the planning of any discharge.

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