A Leeds-based young people’s inpatient mental health service, which opened earlier this year, has been commended in a major national health award.
The Children and Young Peoples’ Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) inpatient unit for West Yorkshire based at Red Kite View in Armley, Leeds, was highly commended in the Mental Health Innovation of the Year category at the Health Service Journal Awards on 17th November 2022.
Red Kite View is a 22-bed £ 20 million purpose-built hospital across West Yorkshire for children and young people. It opened in January 2022 after four years of planning, building, and recruiting over 100 new staff and developing service with the needs of young people at its heart.
Nik Lee, operational manager at Red Kite View (pictured below), said: “I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved together. This award is for everyone involved – from concept to creation. From the staff who deliver amazing care daily to the project team who built it, we’ve created something fantastic, and I’m delighted we’ve been nationally recognised.”
“Before Red Kite View opened, we knew the needs of young people with significant mental health problems across West Yorkshire were not fully met, and many were receiving inpatient care too far from home.”
“We’ve now got a brilliant team delivering first-class mental health care in a purpose-built environment. And young people across West Yorkshire who need inpatient care can now get it much closer to home.”
“Our focus is now to work effectively with our young people’s community mental health teams across West Yorkshire to improve services at the local level.”
Rob Webster CBE, chief executive officer lead for the West Yorkshire health and care partnership, said: “I’m delighted that Red Kite View has once again been recognised nationally with this well-deserved award. Putting young people’s views at the heart of build design, a focus on compassionate care and inpatient care as a component of a whole service that meets everyone’s needs is evident in the way the teams work.”
“The addition of local employment opportunities and the power of the NHS as an anchor organisation is a credit to all involved. Importantly this award highlights the impact good capital investment can make in improving mental health care for children and young people and the staff’s experience too.”
Find out more about the Children and Young Peoples’ Mental Health Service inpatient unit for West Yorkshire at Red Kite here.
What is Red Kite View?
The brief to the architects was to create a safe and calming site that can also fascinate and be therapeutic for our vulnerable young people when they are going through difficult times.
The site is almost three acres in size. The task was to create a modern building on a heavily wooded, sloping site in the middle of a residential area and on the site of a former workhouse and maternity hospital.
Young people were involved throughout the design process, and nature was a constant theme. They wanted to bring the outside in and create something that felt like a second home rather than a hospital. Our local young people also helped us decide on the name Red Kite View. Birds and nature now run right through the interior of the building, with fabulous artwork throughout.
The unit hosts two wards; a general admission ward and a psychiatric intensive care ward – the latter being a first in West Yorkshire. It also boasts on-site educational facilities where young people receive lessons from qualified teaching staff and a full catering operation where all the food is cooked freshly every day.
What do our parents and carers think?
In a recent external quality review, the service received some great feedback from parents and carers, including: ‘We think overall the staff are very friendly, helpful and welcoming. Some have been no less than fantastic with our child; they could not have done anything else to make the stay easier.’
‘We think the school on the unit is excellent, and they have a great range of subjects.’
‘We know our child has a written care plan and a key worker they meet with regularly; we can contact them if we have any questions.’
‘We are happy with our child’s bedroom. They are a nice size and have a homely feel.’
Nine Red Kite View commitments
Before it opened, staff worked with local young people with lived experience of mental health services to develop nine Red Kite View Commitments.
- You will be involved in the decisions about your care, and we will always try our best to explain this clearly.
- We will work with you, your family and community teams to make any transition between services and home easier.
- You will have a safe space to talk to us about any thoughts, feelings, or issues.
- You will be treated with respect and listened to when you need someone.
- Your family will be involved with your care as much as you want them to be, and plans will be centred around your and your family’s needs.
- Your care will be specific to you; we will make sure your voice is heard if you have a learning disability or autism.
- We will put a full therapeutic plan in place, including activities, therapy and education to keep you engaged and make your stay meaningful.
- We understand the importance of having support from your friends and peers, and we will support this as much as possible.
- We will listen to what you want and be flexible and consistent with your care.
These commitments can be found on the wall of Red Kite View, and staff aim to live up to them every day.