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Dr. Nadia Correia: Making a Significant Impact in Mental Health

Dr. Nadia Correia, a highly skilled Mental Health and Forensic Services Registered Manager, is revolutionizing the field of mental health with her exceptional expertise. With over a decade of experience in mental health settings both domestically and internationally, Dr. Nadia has emerged as a respected and influential figure in her profession. Currently holding the esteemed position of Area Manager for Supported Living Services, she oversees the operations of seven male units and one female unit, providing comprehensive support to individuals diagnosed with complex mental health and forensic backgrounds.

Dr. Nadia’s journey into the realm of mental health began with a profound focus on clinical psychology, mental health, forensics, and psychiatry. Additionally, her degree in law offers her a unique perspective in comprehending the legal aspects of mental health. This interdisciplinary knowledge equips her with the ability to approach her work from multiple angles, ensuring holistic and thorough care for her patients.

One of Dr. Nadia’s greatest strengths lies in her exceptional leadership and unwavering support for her team. Drawing upon her extensive experience, she empowers her staff to deliver the highest level of care and support to their patients. Dr. Nadia firmly believes in leveraging resources such as Recovery Action Plans to guide the treatment process. Furthermore, she advocates for an integrative mental health approach, taking into consideration the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of an individual’s well-being. By incorporating health-promoting lifestyle changes into her practice, she tirelessly works towards enhancing the overall quality of life for her patients.

Dr. Nadia’s dedication and exceptional contributions have garnered significant recognition. Recently, she earned a prestigious nomination as one of the five finalists for the esteemed Mental Health Specialist Award at the Health and Social Care Awards in the UK. This remarkable achievement is a testament to her unwavering commitment to her profession and the transformative impact she has made on the lives of those she serves.

As a Mental Health and Forensic Services Registered Manager, Dr. Nadia Correia continues to shine as a beacon of excellence in the field of mental health. Through her unrivaled expertise, extensive experience, and compassionate approach, she is creating a profound difference in the lives of individuals facing complex mental health challenges. Her well-deserved nomination for the Mental Health Specialist Award stands as a testament to her outstanding contributions and unwavering dedication to her patients and the wider community.

We’ve had a great chance to conduct an interview with her, in which she share with us her past, precious moments, achievements, future plans and much more..

What motivated you to specialize in Clinical, Mental Health, Forensics, and Psychiatry, along with having a degree in Law?

Psychiatry and Psychology are great careers, uniquely requiring an understanding of a patient’s brain, body and background. I would urge anyone deciding which specialty to settle on to choose psychiatry or clinical psychology. In relation to my degree in law I believe that this achievement helped me to provide the framework for cooperation in many fields of international relations including gaining more knowledge surrounding Human Rights which has been beneficial to my career in mental health.

Could you explain the concept of Recovery Action Plans and how they are utilized in your practice?

The recovery Action Plan is a tool that can aid an individual’s recovery and its underpinning principles support the recovery approach. This approach is a way of monitoring wellness, times of being less well and times when experiences are uncomfortable and distressing. It also includes details of how an individual would like others to support them at these different times.

How do you incorporate an integrative mental health approach that looks at the physical, psychological, and social aspects of care?

Integrative Mental health is broadly defined as an approach to medicine that takes the whole person into consideration and involves the development of a multi-faceted treatment plan, incorporating all appropriate treatments that may include lifestyle modifications, complementary medicine and conventional treatments. If you are diagnosed with more than one mental illness, the first step is working with your healthcare provider. A provider may want you to try several therapies – potentially, a combination of medication, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), support group therapy, high-impact cardio exercise, yoga and/or meditation.

What qualities do you believe are essential for a mental health specialist in providing high-quality care to individuals with complex needs?

Empathy and understanding are critical skills that will make all the difference within a career in mental health. These ideas relate to the ability to understand what a person is experiencing, and the feelings that they are experiencing as a result. It is also important to have good interpersonal skills and being trustworthy, flexible, hopeful/optimistic, culturally sensitive, and self-aware.

In your opinion, what are some of the biggest challenges and opportunities in the field of mental health and forensic services today?

The biggest challenge is the lack of resources within the community setting leading to an increase risk of realise in patients with a long history of hospital admissions under mental health care act. Delivering the best possible support and care, typically closer to their own communities, means better patient experience and outcomes. Savings realised can be reinvested in meeting growing demand and more innovative, community-based services.

In transforming services for forensic patients, we should be setting specific objectives including:

introducing consistent care pathways and protocols, repatriating 150 patients over five years, reducing new forensic referrals placed out of area, introducing a shared-bed management system to make best use of our capacity and ensure south London patients can better access south London beds, investing in new services and enhanced facilities in the community to further increase step-down and rehabilitation rates, and reduce lengths of stay, taking a system-wide view to ensure patients are supported to move into less restrictive settings, establishing a small, central operational hub including a clinical team to review and assess out-of-area patients and manage new forensic referrals.

How does it feel to be nominated as a finalist for the Health and Social Care Awards UK in the category of “The Mental Health Specialist Award”?

The fact that someone has taken the time to nominate me for an award implies an intention or desire to see me recognised. This in itself is important, makes me feel proud, it also helps me figure out what I do well and why so that I can carry on doing it and use it to shape my career for the better.

What do you believe sets you apart from other nominees?

One of the reasons that I think I deserve the award is because of the hard work that I put in. I am a passionate person at heart and whatever I do I do to the best of my capability. I do not leave any stone unturned when I want to achieve something. However, it’s important to note that all the finalists are amazing and that it’s rewarding to see so many people doing so much for the community.

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