Model of working
Music Therapists do not only support patients and families, but are an integrated member of the team around the child, having a wider impact on patient care. This can be really challenging. For example, a patient admitted with an eating disorder's care will fall under Eating Disorders or CAMHS rather than under our team. It means tough decisions when, on a human level, you just want to meet the young person and offer support.
From a governance point of view we are not able to offer therapy to young people under different hospital teams which includes our CAMHS team. One thing I've learned is that we can never meet all of the needs and until services and funding catch up, we will remain unable to offer support to everyone who needs it.
Where our service model differs from Music Therapy in other hospital settings is the stance of the Clinical Health Psychology Team. For our patients and families, their distress does not fade when they are discharged and the ongoing need for support can be significant. This in combination with the unpredictability of inpatient admissions and discharges means the model of support is dictated by patient need whether they are admitted or not, rather than their current location. This way we can have continuity of therapy, more predictable endings and feels more therapeutic.