Te Awhina programme draws interest from other DHBs
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19 August 2013
 
From left: Te Awhina registered nurse Sarah Holland and clinical nurse manager Katheryn Butters discuss Te Awhina’s Releasing Time to Care for Mental Health board
Whanganui’s acute inpatient mental health unit Te Awhina has recently hosted staff from four other District Health Boards (DHB) wanting to observe a new approach that allows Te Awhina nurses to spend more time with their patients.
 
With the help of the Releasing Time to Care for Mental Health programme, Te Awhina nurses are working differently and having more one-on-one interaction with patients in their care as a result.
 
Te Awhina clinical nurse manager Katheryn Butters says the new approach is helping patients form trusting relationships with their nurses which in itself, is an important part of their recovery process.
 
Soon after Mrs Butters championed Releasing Time to Care for Mental Health at a national forum earlier this year. Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs asked if they could visit Te Awhina to observe the programme in action and gain an understanding of how it could be introduced in their mental health units.
 
Mrs Butters says this is a nice example of how DHBs are sharing their knowledge and resources to make improvements that benefit patients and staff. The latest DHB to show an interest in coming to Te Awhina is
Auckland.