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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Trust features in new BBC3 mental health documentary with Stacey Dooley

Trust features in new BBC3 mental health documentary with Stacey Dooley

South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust is proud to be the subject of a new BBC3 documentary filmed with Stacey Dooley.

The programme is an in-depth portrayal of how our mental health services provide care for those patients who are in crisis or suffer from serious or long term mental illness, and help them toward recovery.

Current Trust Chief Executive Vanessa Ford said:

“It is a great ambition of the Trust to reduce the stigma of mental health conditions, and we hope very much that this intimate portrayal of the care we provide helps people to talk more openly and honestly about mental health conditions and to seek help where it is needed.

“I am very proud of how the Trust is depicted in this documentary; while it is an honest portrayal of our organisation and the challenges it faces, it depicts the great dedication, expertise and compassion our staff show every day.”

The Trust worked with TrueVision productions which filmed an hour-long documentary for BBC3 entirely at our Trust with journalist and documentary filmmaker Stacey Dooley.

The documentary, which will be screened tomorrow [Wednesday 19 February 2020] sees Trust mental health professionals undertaking life-changing decisions about the care of patients, some of whom have serious mental illnesses such as eating disorders and emotionally unstable personality disorder, or experience symptoms such as psychosis or delusions.

The film documents the range of services and treatment the Trust offers for these conditions, caring for patients to support their recovery so that they can begin to lead the life they want to lead.

Services featured include our Health Based Place of Safety, which serves as a place for police to bring vulnerable people who have been detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act having put themselves in danger due to their mental health conditions. We see how these patients are kept safe and supported to move on from these most serious of crises towards more stable mental health.

Our Lotus Assessment Suite, specially set up to provide support for patients facing a mental health crisis, sees voluntary patients spending up to 48 hours in an environment designed to provide expert care. Vulnerable service users are referred to the Lotus Assessment Suite, and this film shows how patients comes in for vital support from our specialist staff, who then work with families in order to determine how best to help them.

Filming also took place in Ward Two and Ward Three, showing the stories of two of our longer term patients, and documenting how the Trust is working though these patients’ complex personal situations to identify the best treatment and care to guide these patients towards a better quality of life.

Vanessa added:

“This documentary also serves as a reminder of why the Trust is a great place to work. There are many opportunities here for nurses, nursing associates and healthcare assistants, not only to work at our Trust but also to take the next steps on the career ladder.

“I would like to sincerely thank the service users, carers and staff who were filmed in this documentary, as well as those who supported behind the scenes, all of which made it possible for us to show how we work together to support 20,000 patients per year with mental health conditions.”

The Trust and production company worked closely patients and service users, their families and carers, throughout the filming, and ensuring they were happy for the filming and the broadcast to take place.

It will be screened tomorrow, on Wednesday 19 February 2020, available to view from 6am here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p082bxzn

Please visit our #NursesGrow webpages for more information about career opportunities at the Trust.

Please email communications@swlstg.nhs.uk with any media enquiries.