Kelvin Frew leads the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS) team within NHS Dumfries and Galloway. This is a team that he set up himself 14 years ago growing from a three-person team providing limited home treatment over the weekend to become a vital part of mental health services which runs all day every day, staffed by 22 nurses and support workers.
His CATS team operates on four admirable principles: be there for people, make a difference, choose your attitude and have fun.
Kelvin’s vision for the role of Queen’s Nurses is to act as ambassadors, helping to promote the profession, particularly with nurses in training to offer encouragement and inspiration.
His project for the programme involves developing a more effective way of responding to people in crisis where police are involved. The current system is not very person centred, has a “one size fits all” approach, and is very resource intensive. This project involves working closely with colleagues from Police Scotland, other partner agencies and with patients to create a more streamlined, responsive and person centred process.
Linda McKechnie, Lead Nurse / Deputy General Manager Mental Health.
Kelvin is able to draw on his extensive experience and knowledge to offer suggestions and solutions to complex clinical issues, or develop creative solutions where unprecedented situations occur.