Wednesday, 01 July 2020
St George’s University of London has released early results from the DECISION study of Psychiatric Decision Units (PDUs), which show that South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust’s Lotus unit is a best practice leading example.
The aim of the study was to identify the impact of psychiatric decision units on mental health crisis care pathways.
Using routine data, collected since the unit opened in November 2016, the study showed that opening Lotus caused an immediate reduction of 10-20% in the number of patients requiring hospital admission, beginning a long-term trend of the need for admissions reducing every week by a further 0.3-0.5%. The reduction in the need for admission included patients with the most complex mental health problems, who had previously made frequent use of hospital services.
Joan Henshaw, Lotus Unit Manager, said: “This study shows just how effective and caring nurse-led units such as Lotus can be, and is a testament to the hard work that our team has put in since the unit first opened. I am immensely proud of the number of patients the team has helped to stay out of hospital and receive mental health treatment at home. Everyone in the team has displayed an unwavering commitment to consistent, respectful patient-focussed care in collaboration with other agencies, and this is demonstrated by the amazing feedback we receive from our patients every day.”
The DECISION study is funded by the National Institute of Health Research.
*** Our staff are proud to work on the Lotus unit - let them tell you why in their own words ***