RedArc opens new specialist mental health department

Christine Husbands, managing director for RedArc Nurses

RedArc Nurses has announced that it has established a new mental health department.

Patients will continue to be supported by a single dedicated nurse adviser, and the new internal team approach will enable specialist knowledge to be better shared with the aim of further improving patient outcomes.

Reporting to Sue Kinsella, head of nursing services, the new team will be headed up by Alison Simmons, senior mental health nurse adviser and includes five other specialist mental health nurses with specific experience in the fields of dementia, trauma, substance misuse, care of the elderly and general practise.

‘We certainly could not have predicted the way in which our business has been shaped by the increase in demand for mental health support,’ said Christine Husbands, managing director for RedArc Nurses. ‘We’ve seen an unprecedented influx in the need for it – in part due to awareness of access; the removal of associated stigmas; and pressures faced by the state health system, and so we’re adapting our approach to be more agile and respond to this rise in demand.’

‘Some of the people who need mental health support are extremely high risk and by working collectively on cases, we’ll be able to provide even more tailored support,’ Husbands continued.

Founded in 1998, RedArc Nurses provides long-term practical, medical and emotional advice to patients and their families at times of serious illness, bereavement and trauma.