The times are changing (and the weather too!)
One of the most invigorating aspects of co-coordinating the 768 clinical skills course is that I get to meet some of the exciting new talent that is joining the CAMHS workforce. While experience can help us to better understand the systems in which we work, fresh perspective can highlight areas for improvement. Recently, a number of students have discussed the turnover of staff in their workplaces and the impact that this has upon their own training, clinical practice and staff morale. As our series of stocktakes
shows, things have definitely improved in terms of the number and range of available clinical and non-clinical support staff in infant child and adolescent mental health services. However, we still do not capture data on staff turnover and its costs to services and to clients, so there is also more to be done. In the meantime, as we renew our efforts to support services to implement the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA)
, it is good to remember the importance of job planning and how teams look after themselves in order to give children and their families the best possible care.
On the subject of change, the Werry Centre is saying good bye this month to the wonderful Mathijs Lucassen. Many of you will know Mathijs through his involvement with SPARX
and the TrACY studies
. His level of efficiency is something to which most of us will continue to aspire. We wish him the best of luck with his new role as a lecturer in Mental Health at the Open University in the UK. For those of you working at centres involved in the TrACY study, you'll soon be meeting Sarah Hopkins who is taking over his role as study coordinator.
Also joining the Werry Centre in Auckland this month are Luci Falconer, our new Senior Advisor and Dr Grant Christie, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Luci has been working at Te Tangata Tonu, one of the few dedicated services for children of parents with mental illness based at the Kari Centre in Auckland. Grant has been working at Altered High youth AOD service in Auckland, developed the Substances and Choices Scale (SACS), a brief intervention to go along with it (SACS-BI)
and been involved in writing the Co-Existing Problems (CEP) resource
for practitioners working with young people. Down in Christchurch, Bronwyn Pagey and Michelle Fowler are helping to fill the large shoes of Karen Moke, whom I believe continues to visit for afternoon tea. Hopefully, you will get to meet all of our new team members at some stage this year. Please make them feel welcome and let them know how the Werry Centre can continue to be of service to you.