It is with great pleasure that I present you with the Annual Report for yet another great and very successful year of the Department of Psychiatry at Queen's University, affiliated teaching hospitals, community and other partners.
Congratulations are in order to all faculty, staff, students, residents and fellows, and all external partners for their hard work and dedication to the vision and mission of the Department. It has been an honour and pleasure to work with such a talented and committed team, and this has help crystallize my decision to be considered for a second term. There is a lot more work to be done in the coming years, but I am more optimistic than ever before that the future of our Department is bright.
I invite you to spend some time reading abour our successes and challenges over the last year.
It is my pleasure to present you with the 2011 Annual Report for the Department of Psychiatry at Queen's University.
First of all, I would like to congratulate all members of the Department for a very successful and prosperous year.
Under the leadership of Dr. Ruzica Jokic, we have achieved full accreditation of our Postgraduate Program. The external reviewers commended our program for the excellent work and contributions of all of our faculty and residents.
After 14 years at Hotel Dieu Hospital, our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry acute inpatient services move to the newly built, state of the art unit on Burr 4 at Kingston General Hospital. We have encountered a few growing pains since our move but continue to work closely with the staff, physicians, residents and administration to ensure excellence in patient care.
2011 was year three of our strategic plan and I am happy to report that the vast majority of our goals were achieved. Implementation of our departmental Practice Plan remains an important goal and will continue to take place front and centre in our work in 2012.
Our Department is taking an important role in establishing interprofessional Collaborative Care Services along with a leadership role in the provision of Mental Health services in our area in tandem with our external partners.
This past year, we have made significant progress in the recruitment and retention of our faculty and this also remains as an essential and important goal in our 2012 Strategic Goals.
As I am nearing the end of my term as Head of the Department of Psychiatry, I would like to sincerely thank all of the members of the Department for their hard work and dedication. It is only through realization that this is your Department and it is your contributions that better the life of the Department, which in turn allows us to acknowledge the enormous contributions of Dr. Leslie Flynn as Deputy Head, Academic to the Department and its members.
Adult - Acute
The Adult Division (acute) provides acute adult psychiatric services for Kingston and the Southeastern Ontario region. The purpose of the division is to provide excellence in acute clinical psychiatric services, medical education and academic development grounded in a collaborative care model.
The acute care services of the Adult Division of Psychiatry is perhaps the hub of mental health services for Kingston and the surrounding region, interacting and liaising closely with all other components of the mental health services. In 2011, the acute care services of the Adult Division were comprised of 4 main programs: emergency psychiatry, acute inpatient services, consultation/liaison psychiatry and acute outpatient services.
Adult - ATR
To provide specialized assessment, treatment and rehabilitation to adults with schizophrenia, mood disorders, personality disorders and dual diagnosis.
Adult Treatment and Rehabilitation Services Inpatient Program:
The program has four inpatient units. Two units focus on inpatients assessment, diagnosis and stabilization for individuals who present with complex or rare illnesses and the other two have a rehabilitation focus and are dedicated to discharge planning and facilitating the transition to community living. Individuals served often present with a primary psychiatric diagnosis and concurrent developmental delay, addiction, acquired brain injury or other diagnosis that increase the complexity of the care required.
Child and Adolescent
To provide optimal psychiatric care to children, adolescents and their families; this includes working collaboratively with physicians, CMHA and schools to ensure comprehensive interprofessional care. We are committed to leadership in psycho-education of our patients, families and our community partners.
The Division provides a multidisciplinary approach for a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders.
The Division of Developmental Disabilities includes an interprofessional program concerned with clinical service, teaching, research in the field of developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis across the southeastern region of Ontario.
We are committed to improving the quality of life for people with dual diagnosis (i.e. developmental disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders and mental health problems) through the provision of:
- Interdisciplinary clinical service;
- teaching for current and future healthcare professionals;
- education and training for community agencies and care providers;
- collaborative research and scholarship;
- consultation services and system advocacy
Forensic Mental Health Services includes the assessment, management and treatment of mentally disordered persons in conflict with the law. These services are mandated by the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) and identify two categories of service to be provided by the Province of Ontario
- Specialized care for people with mental illness who are in conflict with the law
- It is a unique field of healthcare; the relationship it has with the criminal justice system, some specific forms of assessment (risk), working environment (security), and provision of treatment for those who present with a wide range of challenges
We seek and continue to identify and apply new ways and new thinking that is drawn from evidence from three areas: (1) lived experience; (2) practice-based evidence; and (3) traditional clinical and epidemiological research.
Achieving a Barrier-Free, Responsive and Knowledgeable Community and Health Care System for Seniors, and their Families, with Mental Health, Behavioural and Addictions Challenges.
The Program and Division is "dedicated to persons and family-directed approaches that promote well-being to improve the quality of life and decrease the burden of illness of seniors with mental health, addictions and their caregivers." This will be realized by the integration and implementation of continuously improving collaborative care, education and research to ensure the discovery, dissemination and delivery of new knowledge.