HSE West’s, Roscommon Mental Health Services win Taoiseach's Public Service Excellence Award

At the Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellence Awards on April18th, HSE West’s, Roscommon Mental Health Services won an Awardfor their project which expanded the Mental Health community service from a five day a week toa seven day a weekservice.

Michael Tobin, General Manager, Roscommon PCCC said, “I would like to pay tribute to everyone involved in the project and thank all staff for their dedication and commitment from the planning stages right through to implementation”.

Previously, HSE West’s, Roscommon Mental Health Services provided Community Mental Health Services five days per week with no weekend community services available.  Service users had to attend the Acute Inpatient Unit at Roscommon County Hospital when they were experiencing a crisis, needed support, medication supervision, or administration of depot injections. 

The aim of this service development was to extend the community service in the Roscommon Sector from a five day to a seven day service.  This provides a community service to clients with Mental Health needs in County Roscommon that is equitable, client centered, community based and responds to their needs.

The Multidisciplinary Team undertook a needs analysis which included identifying the views of the service users, carers/relatives.  This highlighted a gap in the current service and the need to extend the community service to a seven day service.  Following the planning and communication with all stakeholders, community services was extended to a seven day service from June 2006, using existing staff resources andimplementing a creative use of staff rosters. The service operated on a pilot basis for six months initially andwas evaluated from the service users and nursing staff perspectives.  It was clear from the data analysed, that the service users had benefited in different and unique ways.  The service is now up and running since December 2006. 

Frank Murphy, Local Health Manager, Roscommon, said, " We are very proud of this prestigious award which once again recognises staff innovation and willingness to embrace change as we continue to develop health services across County Roscommon".

Key outcomes:

  • Reduction in admission on Saturday/Sunday to the Acute inpatient Unit
  • Facilitates early discharge from inpatient unit
  • Continuity of care and treatment
  • Supports service users who transferred into independent living.
  • Early detection and prevention of relapse of mental illness
  • Provides support, assistance and early intervention for service users – self harm
  • Supervision of prescribed medication / assisted compliance with treatment.
  • Supervised detox programmes for clients with alcohol addictions
  • Facilitates integrated care from inpatient to care in the community.

There has been a marked increase in people availing of the service which is a hallmark to the success and quality of this service development.

Last updated on: 30 / 04 / 2008