Our Decider Skills Journey.​ Dudhope Young Peoples Unit

Our Decider Skills Journey.​ Dudhope Young Peoples Unit

Dudhope Young Peoples Inpatient Unit  NHS Scotland

April 2021

Dr Vicki Dunbar, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Carol Morgan, Carers Support Worker

Client Group - 12-18 years old, their family/carers and NHS staff

Dudhope Young Peoples Inpatient Unit, NHS Scotland

The YPU is a 12-bedded hospital for young people within the North of Scotland catchment area. The YPU is situated within the NHS Tayside locality however young people admitted to the unit may be from the Tayside, Grampian, Highland (excluding Argyll & Bute), Orkney or Shetland areas.​ 


Our Decider Skills Journey 

Our young people and staff created this poster collecting all the feedback before the start of changes to Decider Group.

Young people used 'The Lifejacket Metaphor' and using tissue paper created small rocks running beside the river and small rocky islands.

This represents the YPU making them feel safe with all the nurses, doctors, therapists and family/carers learning the Decider Skills.

We placed ‘Lifejackets’ where Decider Skills have been learned and used. The sail boat represents the YPU sailing through life with the Decider Skills help.​

Lot of positive feedback from young people, families and staff about how the Decider Skills have been used to help in real life situations

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Enlarged poster of The Decider Journey

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Kintore Primary School


Gwen Robertson

Dental Clinic & The Decider


The PARC Project



This page offers a guide to teaching The Decider Skills remotely


Tara Doherty and Ruth Martin

The Decider Skills via Zoom

The Decider Skills - a review of teaching The Decider Skills remotely via Zoom during the 2020 lockdown


Mental health problems in children and young people - July 2018

1 in 10 of all children have 5-16 have a diagnosed mental health problem. 50% of all mental health problems established by age 14 and 75% by age 18.


Dr David Briggs 2019

Forensic Psychologist Feedback

Feedback from a forensic clinical psychologist


Feedback for The Decider Skills

Using The Decider Skills in clinical practice


Online Training Feedback

Read feedback from some of our clients who have benefitted from the Decider programme online skills


The Decider Life Skills Feedback

Read views of some of our clients from our Life skills workshops


Feedback from service users

Read examples of the feedback we have received from those with mental health problems who have learned The Decider Skills as part of their treatment.


Guernsey Childrens' Services

CYPS staff attended one of a series of one day workshop during 2015


RCT in Guernsey Primary Schools

During the academic year 2019 - 2020 several Guernsey primary schools are implementing The Life Skills into their schools using The Life Skills Good2Go videos


Mental Health Practice Journal

The Decider Skills in Mental Health Practice journal


The Decider Information Poster

All the necessary information about The Decider on one A4 sheet !


Mental Health Nurses of the Year BJN award 2015

CBT Today magazine featured Michelle and Carol in September 2015 after they won the British Journal of Nursing's national award


ICCI 25th Anniversary Award

Michelle and Carol were awarded the Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands 25th Anniversary Health Bursary award in November 2015


CIPD Human Resources Workshop

Guernsey Press article about a local workshop for human resources professionals


Scottish Patient Safety Program debate in Scottish Parliament

Maree Todd from the SNP, a former Pharmacist took part in a debate around the alternatives to medication