Caroline Dimech
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Caroline Dimech

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What is your name and what is your
official designation within the Ministry for Health?
My name is Caroline Dimech I am a Registered Mental ​Health Nurse (RMN).

Where do you work?
I have worked in an acute ward at Mount Carmel Hospital for over three years. R​ecently I embarked on a new experience and moved to Community Mental Health Care.

What motivates you most?
There are several factors that drive me forward but mostly, I am motivated by the sense of job satisfaction. Accompanying our service users in their journey to recovery and to achieve optimum mental health is our aim as registered mental health nurses. ​
When our service users move on in their lives after the turbulence that mental illness brings with it, knowing that I was a positive influence in their lives is my main source of satisfaction.

What about the teamwork between different professions/roles involved in relation to patient care?
We ​work in a multi-disciplinary team and provide client-centred care. A multi-disciplinary team is a group of health care workers who are members of different professions. These include: Psychiatrists, Higher Specia​list Trainees, Basic Specialist Trainees, House Officers, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses and Occupational Therapists amongst others. Each professional delivers specific services to the service user whilst working jointly with other professionals to provide the best service possible, according to the individual needs and care plan.

What are your comments in relation to the stigma which is associated to mental health issues?
Unfortunately, we still encounter stigma issues related to mental illness. However, the growing need for education is helping to identify mental issues at earlier stages. Nowadays more help is available and individuals are encouraged to make use of the professional support that we provide. More people are aware that no one is immune to Mental Illness.

C​an you g​ive us one challenge and one success story?
The most challenging part of my career has recently reached its peak when COVID-19 emerged on our small island.  We suddenly faced a lot of new challenges which were brought about by changes that needed to be done in the hospital and the community. In a small timespan we had to adapt to a new reality within our services. However, against all odds, we still managed to continue to offer good quality care and support to our service users.
I am lucky to say that for the past few years, I have experienced countless successful stories in my daily encounters with service users. The most successful in my opinion happens to be the transition from an acute mental healthcare facility to community care. Some patients find the transition to be a challenging experience, however, with the multi-disciplinary team interventions and preparation, service users cope well in the community.

What advice would you give to young students considering taking up this profession?
I would tell them to follow their dreams. No dream is too big to achieve. Work hard and be realistic. When your inner interest is satisfied, you will be content and will eventually work harder towards achieving your goals. Following a mental health nursing career may open new doors of opportunities.

What are the benefits of working with the public service?
When working with the Public Service, several opportunities may arise which help to improve one's personal and professional achievements. Staff members are mostly supportive and understanding of each other, which encourages professional and personal growth.