Angus Health and Social Care Partnership today welcomed the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland’s report on the Prosen Unit in Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre.
The Prosen Unit is a mixed-sex ward with 10 beds, providing admission, assessment and treatment for people with dementia.
The Commission’s positive report was released this week following their visit to the unit in April, where they spoke to members of staff, patients and family members.
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland’s key role is to protect and promote the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.
The report concludes that patients at the Prosen Unit were well cared for and content. The staff were described as caring, considerate, helpful and supportive, and the feedback from relatives was that the staff really cared for their patients. The inspectors also praised the unit’s use of ‘Getting to Know Me’ forms which contained information about each individual patient, their life history and their needs, interest and preferences.
The report also highlighted the many activities that are offered to the patients which contribute to the patients overall wellbeing. An occupational therapy assistant provides input into the ward for three sessions a week, working both with individual patients and also providing group sessions.
The Commission also addressed the positive involvement of volunteers within the unit. A number of volunteers come into the ward regularly to provide activities like music sessions and maintaining the garden in the ward, encouraging patients to get involved. The engagement of senior pupils from the local secondary school in the ward was also highlighted as a very positive feature.
The inspectors included one recommendation in their report, relating to filing of forms. This recommendation was actioned by the ward team on the day of the inspection.
Gail Smith, Head of Community Health and Care Services, said “This is an excellent report, which demonstrates the knowledge and skills of the staff and volunteers working within the Prosen Unit”.
Mandy Warden, Interim lead for Psychiatry of Old Age said, “We welcome this very positive report from the Mental Welfare Commission which highlights the high standards of care and treatment that we strive to provide within the Prosen Unit.
“The staff and team in Prosen work particularly hard to include their local community and help to break down the barriers for people with dementia and their carers. Our fantastic volunteers who give up their time and energy to support the staff are an important part of this work.”