Four years of study in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), featuring 80 weeks of clinical placements in HSE/South East Community Healthcare mental health services, was marked in five small ceremonies across the region this week for 50 graduates of WIT’s B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing.
Concluding their fourth year of the course and a 36 week continuous internship with HSE/South East Community Healthcare (SECH), 12 of the students were presented with their qualifications at the old church on the grounds of St. Otteran’s Hospital, Waterford. Similar occasions were hosted for 11 students at the Wexford Mental Health Services offices in Enniscorthy, 10 at St. Canice’s Hospital in Kilkenny, nine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Clonmel and eight at St. Dympna’s Hospital in Carlow.
Described as a “godsend” by the people who benefit from the service, the Community Intervention Team (CIT) in Kerry is a specialist nurse-led service which can allow people to avoid a hospital stay or leave hospital earlier than would have otherwise been possible.
The team are proud that they continued to provide an interrupted service during Covid-19, and in fact saw an 88% increase in referrals during 2020, saving close to 1,000 hospital bed nights.
The team, which began in 2012 and has grown constantly since then, holds daily clinics in Tralee, and provides home visits within 45kms of Tralee. Establishing satellite clinics in Dingle, Glenbeigh, Listowel and most recently Killarney has allowed the team to treat patients from an even wider area.