|Contact||Jaqui Guile, Clinical Matron, Solent NHS Trust|
|Address||The Orchards, Locksway Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 8FE|
Solent NHS Trust has encouraged closer joint working between staff in the mental health inpatient unit and the diabetes clinic at the local hospital to improve diabetes care for inpatients.
Following a recent appraisal of patient records, it was discovered that in one acute mental health unit 25% of patients had insulin-dependent diabetes. To better manage these patients the mental health unit developed close links with the diabetes clinic at the local hospital.
This included introducing the same diabetic pathway on admission as for the general hospital. The Diabetic Link Nurse in the psychiatric ward attended a diabetic study day for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics. The unit also arranged for staff from the diabetes clinic to audit the diabetes care they offered on their psychiatric wards.
Work is also currently on going around menu planning and options for inpatient settings in close collaboration with catering staff. A traffic light system outlining the nutritional content of foods has been introduced so people can make informed choices about their meals. Vending machines are also to be stocked with healthier options.
This work was facilitated by Jaqui Guile, the Clinical Matron for Health and Wellbeing, a dually trained nurse (mental health and registered nurse) appointed by the Trust to provide mental and physical health leadership. Staff on the ward have also had teaching and training around diabetes management and now feel better supported to address physical health concerns. Key working relationships have been formed with other services in the hospital as well.