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Mental health nurse in pod cast

Mental health nurse David Harty from The Retreat in York will be sharing his experiences of his working life in a new on line pod-cast.

David, who is one of around 70 mental health nurses employed by The Retreat, was approached by the University of York’s health sciences department to take part in the pod-cast to promote the role of mental health nurses. The university intends to place the pod-cast on its web site so that prospective students can find out more about the role.

David will be speaking about his role and daily duties, focusing on the work he does on the Acorn unit at The Retreat.

He said: “It’s a great opportunity to promote mental health nursing and the work that we do at The Retreat. I’m really looking forward to offering prospective students a chance to see what our work is really like.”

The Retreat is a not-for-profit specialist mental health provider and David works on one of only four remaining residential therapeutic community treatment programmes for people with mental health problems outside a forensic setting in the UK.

The Retreat’s Acorn Programme is a therapeutic community which treats people with personality disorders. It is a group programme with an integrative model of treatment using a combination of group and individual work, including dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and psychoanalytic therapies. People stay up to one year on the programme.


The 10-bedded unit cares for people who have borderline personality disorders – people who have difficulties managing their feelings and their relationships, who are impulsive and commonly use self-harm to help them cope. They may have difficulty holding on to a sense of reality at times, and have an impaired sense of identity. A subgroup of these patients have difficulties with eating.