Suzanne Traynor

Type 2 Diabetes: Understanding the risk factors

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. Taking care of our physical and mental health will ensure that we have the best chance of living a long and healthy life. However, people with Serious Mental Illness have a significantly higher risk of developing life limiting illnesses. All… Read More

New online learning for BEH-MHT staff

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. The Care Programme Approach (CPA) is the way mental health services work with service users. Our relationship with the service user is at the centre of this process and it is based upon the principles of recovery.  Enablement draws on… Read More

Make one change?

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. The new year had hardly begun, and we were bombarded with “What is your new year’s resolution?” We can decide to make changes to our lives that will have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing at any point… Read More

A different perspective: The assessment of the risk of suicide

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. Supporting staff to feel confident and competent when working with service users who are suicidal is essential. The Trust’s ‘Keeping the Patient Safe’ learning sessions provide staff with the time and space to refresh their knowledge and skills as well… Read More

It’s all about the conversation!

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. A recent symposium ‘Keep Us Safe’ was held by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust. Although the focus was on staff safety we reflected on patient and staff safety throughout the… Read More

Risk assessment: Not a tick box exercise 

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. Supporting mental health staff to develop their skills and confidence in the assessment of risk is a core requirement for all Trusts. My Care Academy (MyCA) in partnership with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust have developed a bespoke training… Read More

NEWS2 The Main Headlines

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A reduced life expectancy amongst people with serious mental illness mainly attributed to treatable physical health illnesses is now widely acknowledged as one of the greatest health challenges of our times. Mental health staff need to feel confident and competent in the assessment and treatment of both the physical and mental health needs of their… Read More

Why kindness is key for Mental Health Professionals

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. Working with people experiencing acute mental health distress can at times be challenging but I have found that relationships based on kindness is a helpful beginning.  I am interested in and curious about their lives and what is happening… Read More

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