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Team of the Year for Leverndale team

Leverndale Hospital’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit team have become the first in Scotland to pick up a national award, and it was the first time they had entered!

The unit staff won the Team of the Year award at the NAPICU (National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units and Medium Secure units) conference thanks to introducing new working practices, better joint working between disciplines, and upgrading the environment of the 12-bedded unit by changing the décor to make it look more far less clinical.

Ward manager Roddy O'Neill and consultant psychiatrist Michael Taylor lead the team with the support of inpatient services manager June MacLeod.

The underlying key to the success of the entry was the great emphasis on team working and leadership throughout the entire staff group.

Roddy said:  “The cohesion which has been developed within the team over the last year will continue to be fostered to improve recovery for every individual who is admitted to the PICU.

“Plans for the future include further collection of data in the form of patient satisfaction questionnaires, continuing the monthly senior staff forum and upcoming training in the management of personality disorders.”

Pictured right: Some of the winning team