Lincolnshire nurse awarded Florence Nightingale scholarship

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A Lincolnshire mental health nurse who works with children and young people is to study in America after having been awarded a prestigious national travel scholarship.

Odette Rawdon, who is employed as a nurse at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in North East Lincolnshire, received the scholarship from the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

The prestigious national Florence Nightingale Foundation scholarship – one of less than 30 awarded each year – will enable Odette to travel to the United States in April to undertake a four week study into mental health service provision and promotion for children and young people. She hopes that an outcome of her study will be some comparative learning to improve service development in North East Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Director of Nursing, AHPs and Quality, Anne Maria Newham, said: “We are delighted that this important national scholarship has been awarded to a nurse at our Trust and Odette is a worthy recipient. She has been working hard as part of the award winning mental health team in North East Lincolnshire. She is committed to her work and we will be fully supporting Odette in her study.”

Odette said: “I will be looking at a specific kind of talking treatment called dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and how it can be helpful in supporting young people who experience suicidal thinking, self-harm or have a diagnosis of emerging personality disorder.

“I am planning to visit a variety of settings in America and bring best practice examples back to the UK. I want to examine whether increased investment in this kind of therapy would improve how we support high risk young people and improve the outcomes a therapy can offer them in the long term. I’m hoping to learn how ‘Full DBT’ helps young people to find more positive ways of managing difficult emotions and how it can help them find the balance between acceptance and doing the best they can.

“If I can show that DBT in its true form makes a real change and increases young people’s willingness to try different things to achieve the life they want, this will make a strong case for expanding its use within my team.”