Nurses targeting top national health title

Members of the multi-agency project team who developed resources to improve the management of self-harm among children and young people in North Tyneside and are in line for a national award.
Members of the multi-agency project team who developed resources to improve the management of self-harm among children and young people in North Tyneside and are in line for a national award.
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A nursing team helping support children and young people who self-harm is in the running for a national award.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s North Tyneside primary mental health worker team has been shortlisted in the 2014 Nursing Times Awards in two categories – mental health nursing and children and adolescent services.

The group, which works with North Tyneside Council, charity Young Minds, schools and other services , developed training for education staff to help them spot the early signs a young person may be at risk of self-harm.

Theresa Maddison, nurse consultant at the trust’s child and adolescent mental health service, said: “There are many reasons why a child or young person may self-harm – they may feel that it helps them to cope with negative feelings, to feel more in control or to punish themselves.

“It can also be a way of relieving overwhelming feelings of isolation, anger, guilt and desperation that can build up inside.

“As nurses we wanted to improve the way self-harm was managed in schools in order to better support those at risk of an issue which is becoming more common.”

“By working in partnership with other agencies we were able to put together a comprehensive programme to provide people who self-harm with effective and efficient care, as well as ensuring professionals working with children and young people feel more knowledgeable and supported.

“We’ve received positive feedback from young people and professionals about the project and we are delighted that is in the running for a national award.”

The winners of the Nursing Times Awards will be announced on October 29.

The project was recognised at Northumbria Healthcare’s 2014 Building a Caring Future staff awards and was one of the runners-up in the partnership working category.