Staff Choice Awards 2018/19
Innovation Award

Kim Rhodes

Has been shortlisted for this award

Job title
Assistant Practitioner 
Service
City Anchorage, Julian Hospital 
Location
Norwich, Norfolk 

The nomination said...

Kim joined as an Assistant Practitioner about eight months ago and very quickly became part of the team. She has played a massive part in the implementation of the physical health clinic and is always on hand to offer physical health advice and support when required. Because of Kim’s involvement, we can now offer basic physical health interventions that they would have otherwise had to book in with their GP surgery to do. She has a kind and caring manner which puts service users at ease.

Kim has been a key figure in the implementation of the on-site physical health clinic which monitors service users’ bloods, weight, blood pressure and pulse when on a psychiatric medication. She holds physical health clinics on a weekly basis and has fought hard to ensure that the clinic room is well stocked and up to the required standards. She has also provided on-site training to staff which I would imagine has saved the Trust money in outside training. Despite the time and effort it requires to run the clinic, Kim has managed to maintain her individual caseload in line with her Assistant Practitioner role.

She is a very efficient member of staff who has no issue with speaking up when things are not done correctly. Kim always manages to educate staff and rectify any issues in a calm and friendly manner. I have had lots of feedback from service users who have said that, despite being anxious about having physical health checks, they have quickly felt at ease with Kim – one even stated they would rather see Kim than their practice nurse! She is also very knowledgeable and is my go-to contact when I have any questions relating to physical health.

Kim is a keen advocate for physical healthcare in mental health service users and has worked incredibly hard to get the physical health clinic up and running. She deserves recognition for this as it has had a huge impact on our service.

Kim is a mum to two boys, one of whom has complex physical health issues. Despite this, she always manages to give her full attention to service users and team members who require support. Kim is going on to do her nurse training and I feel that she will be a credit to the profession.