A specialist male rehabilitation and recovery unit run by a Doncaster NHS trust has involved a patient in the recruitment of new nursing staff.
A pilot scheme at Coral Lodge Specialist Assessment, Rehabilitation and Treatment Service as part of the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) in Balby saw James Clark act as patient representative on an interview panel during the recruitment of two new staff nurses at the unit, which provides high quality support and treatment to men who are experiencing problems with their mental health, and helps them return to independent living.
Ward Manager Jane Curtis said: “At RDaSH we put patients at the heart of every decision about their treatment and care. Their direct experience of using our service means they are well equipped to help us choose the right people to provide it to them.”
“With the support of Assistant Psychologist Francine Washington, James was invited to think of a question he would like to ask prospective candidates, which he posed during the nurse interviews. He then shared his thoughts on each candidate with Francine and Modern Matron Sue Halder. Giving patients the opportunity to be involved in this process is an important part of the recovery process, and helps them look towards increased independence in the community.