‘A tribute to all concerned’: Waterford mental health facilities hailed by the Mental Health Commission – Photo 1 of 4


The HSE welcomed the release of the 2021 Mental Health Commission Inspection Report, which for the second year in a row recorded an 86% compliance rate at the Department of Psychiatry / Inpatient Mental Health Facility in acute care serving the Waterford / Wexford area.

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) report also praised the Department of Psychiatry (DoP) located on the grounds of Waterford University Hospital (UHW) for its wide range of quality initiatives and activities on offer. to residents.

In its 2020 report, compared to the previous year’s inspection in 2019, the comparative increase in compliance observed by the MHC in the 44-bed unit of UHW (which serves the Waterford / Wexford) was 29%. The fact that this high level was maintained in the conclusions of the MHC 2021 has been highlighted by HSE / South East Community Healthcare as an indication of its commitment to continuously provide a quality and safe mental health service to the population it needs. dessert.

The DoP facility on the grounds of UHW in Waterford falls under the purview of South East Community Healthcare, as a designated accredited center for acute psychiatric care services and where teams of professionals (including medical, specialist and other support) are in place to serve the needs of all those in need of treatment and support.

The MHC report noted that the DoP had carried out, as the first of its kind in Ireland, a ‘Get Up Get Dressed Get Moving’ project to maintain the mobility of patients, residents and users of health services and to guard against their deconditioning. In addition, the MHC report also cited the “COVID Care Concerts” – a collaborative project involving the psychology department and where classical music was introduced into the lives of vulnerable members of society and those often most affected. by the impact of the pandemic. The Mobile Music Machine, in partnership with the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and supported by Creative Ireland, performed live in the DoP Gardens in Waterford.

The DoP’s recreation and recovery service also received more praise, regarding the development of “The Exchange” as a communication hub for residents. Following consultations with service users, funding for HSE’s Sparks Innovation Program was secured by the Recreation and Salvage Department for the installation of a traditional phone booth style facility to enable residents to communicate in complete privacy with their family and friends.

Responding to the MHC findings, David Heffernan, Manager / Mental Health for HSE / South East Community Healthcare (SECH), said:

“The highlighting of activities in the DoP, such as the ‘Get Up Get Dressed Get Moving’ project, the ‘COVID Care Concerts’ and the simple but much appreciated small initiative that is ‘The Exchange’ are also a endorsement of the atmosphere we are working hard to maintain at DoP.

“Patient care remains a priority for SECH, in all aspects of our service delivery. We strive at all times to comply with the rules and regulations relating to the provision of mental health services. We continue to work closely with the Mental Health Commission to ensure that the Waterford DoP complies with applicable guidelines. “

“Over the past year and a half, I realize that our quest to ensure compliance and the delivery of the best possible service within available resources has occurred during a difficult time for our service users, our own staff. and their families in both cases. . These latest findings from the MCH are a tribute to all concerned, ”added Heffernan.

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