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There are many members of staff at the Darwin Centre, who together form a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring that you receive the best care and treatment possible. We realise that some of the roles of staff here will be unfamiliar to you and so we have provided a brief overview of each member of Staff’s role so that you have a clearer understanding of how they fit into the multi-disciplinary team.
The consultant psychiatrist will make decisions about care and treatment together with you, your family and other involved professionals. They have overall responsibility for your care.
The ward manager is responsible for the overall management of the Darwin Centre, in consultation with senior colleagues.
One role of the clinical psychologist is to provide psychological assessment: This means spending time meeting with you, to get to know you, in order to try and understand how your difficulties have developed. Another role of the clinical psychologist is to provide a range of psychological therapies for young people at the centre.
There are usually two other speciality training doctors on rotation at the Darwin Centre, generally referred to as ward doctors. They are fully qualified and work alongside the consultants and multi-disciplinary team members. They are responsible for looking after the Young Peoples’ physical health, such as taking ECGs, blood tests, etc, as well as monitoring the young people's mental well-being on a daily basis.
The nursing team consists of nurses and health care assistants, who together form the largest staff group at the Darwin Centre. They provide much of the day to day care for the young people, and it is this team who the young people have most contact with during their stay.
The role of the family therapist is to support young people and their families by offering group family therapy, often known as systemic psychotherapy.
The Darwin Centre art therapist can offer individual of group art therapy. Art therapy can offer another way to express or manage difficult thoughts and feelings.
The Darwin Centre occupational therapist will usually work with a young person if their level of functioning in ‘activities of daily living’ (self-care, leisure and other productive roles, i.e. student) has been reduced by mental health difficulties.
Our social worker works with our young people in thinking about transitions, in particular discharge planning and what additional support might help at home for both the young person and parent/carer. Her role often involves working with other services for additional support/advice.
Our support time recovery workers are able to support young people with restarting aspects of "normal" life in their communities. They can support young people to attend appointments, recreational activities, and help them with re establishing links with those who will be supporting them once discharged from the unit.