FIVE local health workers are bound for India – to help patients in Kirklees.
Mike Young, an associate director at the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will head a return visit to Gujarat to learn about the culture and develop links with hospitals and health services. There are over 15,000 people in Batley and Dewsbury who originate from Gujarat and Mr Young, who is based at St Luke’s Hospital, Huddersfield, hopes to be able to use what he learns in Gujarat to improve mental health services for the community in North Kirklees.
He will spend two weeks in India during November with four other members of staff from the Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services to people across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.
It is also hoped that the trip will help health professionals in Gujarat to make improvements to their mental health services.
There are four state psychiatric hospitals in Gujarat with just 800 beds for a population of over 50 million people and facilities in the hospitals are of a much lower standard than the NHS.
During their two-week stay, the five professionals from the Trust including a psychiatrist, two community practice nurse team leaders and the manager of the Milen day centre in Batley, will visit various services and facilities for older people and spend time talking to staff and service users.