My current role within Te Pou is working alongside Carolyn Swanson to co-lead and develop work on reducing and preventing personal restraint and seclusion in inpatient settings. I bring a range of perspectives to this work, which fits with the multi-strategy, multi-perspective ethos of least restrictive practice development.
I’ve worked in a wide variety of mental health settings including acute inpatient care, community mental health, early intervention, supported housing, nursing research and before starting work as a contractor, as the nurse consultant for Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. From joining the mental health service as a new graduate, I’ve been fortunate to have opportunities to develop my skills in nursing, supervision, training, facilitation, research, e-learning and project management.
(Lois is based in Nelson.)