Lloyd had always been interested in how people think and behave so when he discovered mental health nursing as a career option, he jumped at the chance.
“I’ve always been a good listener and I like meeting and speaking to people,” says Lloyd “so mental health nursing seemed like a good fit for me. When I first walked onto a psychiatric ward something just clicked and I knew this is what I wanted to do.”
Lloyd has been a mental health nurse for more than 20 years and has worked on an acute admissions ward, mental health liaison in A&E and has managed a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. His current role is as Service Manager for Adult Inpatient Mental Health, overseeing an acute admission ward, a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and a Crisis Resolution Home Treatment team.
“I enjoy meeting people, both those who use our service and the colleagues I work with. Working in acute care you see some very ill people but you know that often this is a stage they are going through and it’s up to us to help them to recover and it’s really rewarding when you see that happen.
“I get a lot of pleasure from my role now as I’m supporting colleagues to be the best they can when they are helping people on their mental health journey. In mental health nursing being able to relate and interact with people is vital. You can’t do anything well without communicating, being open and honest and building up trust with everyone.”
Lloyd was nominated for a Cavell Star Award for going above and beyond for his colleagues as Head of Nursing for Bridgend Locality Wendy James explains,
“Lloyd continuously goes over and above in his role and is extremely flexible. He attends carer support group meetings outside of his normal working hours on a regular basis to build effective relationships. His enthusiasm for changing culture and ensuring colleagues are involved and engaged productively is refreshing. His huge amount of clinical experience makes him a very effective role model.”
On winning his Cavell Star Award Lloyd said,
“It’s quite humbling really. I’m not the best person at accepting praise and recognition but it’s lovely to be recognised by colleagues, it’s something I’m very pleased about.
“My team mean everything to me and my philosophy is that happy teams perform well. I think it’s very important to treat everyone the same way as they all have a vital part to play in the process. From the people who clean the floors and order essential supplies, to senior management and consultants, they all play a part in ensuring everyone is safe and services run effectively.
“I feel honoured and proud to be a mental health nurse and of the service we provide.”