The Nursing team operates for the well-being
of the patient 24 hours a day
Personalized and coordinated care
The patient is at the heart of the care organization and at the heart of our approach, as orchestrated by the psychiatrist and the interdisciplinary team surrounding him. At Agios Charalampos Clinic we follow a personalized care plan and we propose a unique programme for each patient. Every patient is unique, the fruit of his personality, his life story, his path and his pathology. At Agios Charalampos Clinic we offer specialized hospitality and support. Each patient receives the attention of a psychiatrist, who will ensure the medical attention and will determine the personalized care plan, constructed upon the patient’s specificities, in accordance with the interdisciplinary team and always in agreement with the patient, wherever and whenever possible.
The psychiatrist has a central role in clinical management (diagnosis, treatment planning, case management, medication, etc.), in conducting a patient progress assessment process in which he presides, which involves, interconnecting – consulting support, community-based counseling and in the training of the interdisciplinary team.
The aim of the whole team is to establish and maintain a strong bond with the outside world, while special attention is given to relatives and carers, so that the continuity of the care is ensured.
The Agios Charalampos Clinic Team is comprised of the Managing Nurse, Head Nurse, Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Dietitians and other health care professionals in order to coordinate and adapt care and provide organized care tailored to each patient’s needs.
The Nursing team operates for the well-being of the patient 24 hours a day, taking into account and implementing the decisions of the interdisciplinary team.
Nursing staff are specialized and can take on a variety of roles and responsibilities, such as providing nursing care and counseling to their families, organizing, planning, coordinating all aspects of nursing care and inpatient nursing interventions, practicing primary community nursing etc. The Clinic is committed to providing systematic scientific training to nursing staff, while the Nursing Team itself forms a Balint team on a monthly basis to address and relieve nurses’ own emotions.
The Physician and General Practitioner have daily contact with patients covering their needs during their hospitalization, while other Doctors – Associates are called on a case-by-case basis as required for better patient management and treatment.
The Social Service is staffed by Social Workers. They have an active role in safeguarding patients’ interests and are in constant search for methods and interventions aimed at:
The Social Worker and his role
The social worker’s intervention on the patient
The first and primary concern of the social worker is to create a climate of trust between the patient and himself, which is necessarily governed by mutual confidentiality. Emphasis is always placed on the importance of taking medication. In addition, the main concern of social worker intervention is to manage the communication and social difficulties of the mentally ill due to their illness. Apart from individual sessions, the social worker often intervenes by forming various groups to educate patients to acquire or improve basic social skills. In particular, in the field of interpersonal relationships, the emotional treatment of the patient is important in order to build closer relationships of trust. The ultimate goal of the social worker is the patient’s autonomous living, at least in the cases, where the severity of the illness allows it. It is also necessary to prevent the patient from being institutionalized in any way. Finally, the social worker is responsible for defending the rights of the patient and alleviating existing social prejudice against mentally ill patients.
The intervention of the social worker towards the patient’s family
The main objective is the intervention of the social worker in the family to help its members manage, first, and then accept the new facts and reversals resulting from a member’s illness. Investigating the negative feelings that the family experiences about the illness and their need to understand is essential for the social worker to plan his intervention in the family.
Emphasis on medication and regular collaboration with the Clinic and the treating physician should be the goal of intervention by the social worker. This is because in many cases the necessity of taking the medicines is not immediately understood and as a result frequent relapses occur. This is why the family needs to be educated and informed about the disease in order to recognize and prevent any relapse of the disease. Thus, the family becomes aware of the possible need for hospitalization.
Finally, the social worker informs the family of any benefits the patient is entitled to.
The intervention of the social worker towards society
The main and most crucial part of a social worker’s intervention in society is to raise community awareness on mental health issues. Raising awareness includes information on mental illness (lectures, publications, open discussions and visits to organizations) activities and initiatives by groups of mental patients on cultural, recreational and artistic issues. The purpose of these activities is to “open up the mentally ill in society” and “to bring society into the world of the mentally ill”.