Wathwood Hospital – Alison & Steve Volunteers making a difference

Wathwood Hospital is a 56 bedded medium secure unit located in an area of natural beauty in Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire. It helps people who require assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties in a secure environment. The hospital offers structured therapy with a diverse range of sporting, leisure and educational activities.

Volunteers at Rosewood Involvement Centre Ollerton are often asked to take part in staff interviews. One individual has recently been part of a patient panel of interviewee’s at Wathwood Hospital for staff vacancies.  The Interviews were held over 2 days at Wathwood Hospital and comprised of a professional and patient panel.

The patient panel was chaired by Alison, a Service User/Carer/Volunteer from Rosewood Involvement Centre along with a representative from Advocacy and one patient from Wathwood Hospital plus a Rosewood Centre volunteer to shadow and learn from the whole process.

August will see Wathwood Hospital hosting Involvement Interview Training (IIT) which gives patient’s opportunities to get involved in recruiting new staff for the hospital.

At the Rosewood Centre a display  of produce including jams, chutney’s and honey from the Wathwood shop is available. It helps to raise cash for the benefit of patients and Wathwood Hospital. Volunteers, visitors and staff enjoy the selection of food produced by staff and patients working together.

Other news from Wathwood. This month, Stephen will shadow Alison at Wathwood Hospital and attend the Wathwood Patient Council meeting.

Rosewood has a very good rapport with Wathwood Hospital involving volunteers, staff and patients built up over many years. We want to continue this partnership and build our involvement even further. Changing services and making improvements due to this positive partnership is our main drive and one we really enjoy.

Many thanks to all the wonderful staff & patients at Wathwood Hospital from the Rosewood Involvement Centre.

Wathwood - Changes Made

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