Oberstown Newsletter February 22  2017
Graduates celebrate conferring  
Oberstown staff members from across a range of roles were conferred on campus on February 16 by Carlow IT as part of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer support initiative.
Congratulating the
graduates, Yvonne Kavanagh from Carlow IT commended the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. Ms Kavanagh also acknowledged the commitment of Oberstown to the CISM programme, with more than 40 staff members now trained as qualified peer supporters.  

The  CISM Service was launched in Oberstown during 2016. CISM refers to a package of techniques and tools put in place to assist staff to address stress that may arise following a critical incident. The package includes policy, procedure, workshops and a peer support team. The role of the peer supporter is to provide a confidential, easily accessible and highly responsive ‘psychological first aid’ service for fellow staff who are experiencing emotional distress arising from a critical incident at work.

Reminder: if you wish to speak with a member of the VHI Employee Assistance Programme information or counselling team the service is available 24 hours a day- 1800 995 955. Peer Support Workers are available as support following critical incidents on Campus. See softworks for contact details for the peer support team.
Art Installation
Young people's art work is now being displayed in the public areas of Oberstown. The installation will rotate different art work throughout the public spaces, all of which is produced on campus by young people.
Strategy information day held for staff
A staff information day was held on February 21 to internally launch the strategic plan for the campus. Five sessions were held with more than 50 people in attendance throughout the day. The presentation was to inform staff about the key objectives of the strategic plan, and how implementation will be measured on the ground. Director of Oberstown Pat Bergin said he wanted to make clear the direction the campus is going in, and the different areas of priority. "Staff support and engagement is key to achieving these goals and outcomes for the campus. I would like to thank everyone for their attendance and engagement. I am available to meet on related matters with you, your teams or departments as required." The presentation made on the day is available here.

Case Management System update 
The first phase of the case management system encompassing bed management – referral and admission – is currently in pilot production. The care office team has been trained and is starting to use the system. The next phase of the project, covering the journey through care and CEHOP, has been tested by a group of care staff and their feedback is now being incorporated into the next version. A plan is currently being devised for training of all care staff on this second phase rollout and more information will be communicated on this in due course. Oberstown is working in partnership with the Department of Justice & Equality on this innovative project that will modernise its systems and provide a central repository for young people’s journey through care.

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