Crawley mental health nurses visit Parliament

A team of mental health nurses from Crawley visited Parliament last month to share the innovative work happening at their hospital.

The four nurses from our Langley Green Hospital, which provides specialist inpatient mental health support for adults, were invited to share their experiences at the launch of the ‘Workforce wellbeing, recruitment and retention in mental health services’ report.

The report was compiled by the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative in partnership with the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, a joint initiative of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and University College London.

In it, Langley Green is highlighted for its outstanding efforts to attract and retain high quality mental health nurses and support workers for its four wards, which support adults with acute mental health difficulties.

Matron Rosie Drage was invited to present the report to a room of key figures from the mental health industry at the special reception on Wednesday 27 February 2019. She was joined by Clinical Nurse Lead Manager, Katy Stafford, and Ward Managers Alice Parr and Hinal Chudasama.

Rosie said: “It was an amazing experience to visit Parliament and share what we’re doing at Langley Green; definitely one of the high points in my career so far!

“We were all so proud that our hospital has been recognised for the work we're doing to create a happy, healthy workplace, which in turn creates the right environment for patients to recover.

“The NHS, and in particular mental health services, are under unprecedented pressure. It’s up to us to make sure that we look after our staff and support them to be the best that they can be, whilst looking after their health and wellbeing. We firmly believe that supported staff are happy staff, and that means offering people the chance to develop their skills and careers and giving them the opportunity to have their say on what’s happening at the hospital. Recruiting and maintaining a healthy, happy workforce is key to us being able to provide people with the best possible care and treatment.”

The full report on workforce recruitment, retention, and wellbeing is available here.