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COMPLEX ASSISTENCIAL SALUT MENTAL, HOSPITAL BENITO MENNI

The “Complex Assistencial Salud Mental Benito Menni” was founded in 1881, and was spread out up to 25 different countries worldwide providing health assistance towards the poorest, socially marginalized, disabled and mentally ill citizens. It is nowadays one of the oldest psychiatric centers in Spain. The hospitals offered for international exchange program are located in Sant Boi del Llobregat and Granollers (around 30 minutes from Barcelona with public transport). This Health Complex has a whole range of different departments which means it has a multidisciplinary, holistic and global team.

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City: Sant Boi del Llobregat / Granollers (Barcelona)

Hospital:

Complejo Asistencial Salut Mental Benito Menni  C.A.S.M

Address:

C/ Dr. Antoni Pujadas, 38, 08830. Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona); Hospital General de Granollers.

Website:

http://www.hospitalbenitomenni.org/Es/Default.aspx

1. GENERAL ADULT PSYCHIATRY PROGRAMME

Over a period of 4-6 weeks, the trainee will have the opportunity to work in the  Adult Acute Psychiatry Unit of both: a General and a Monographic (only mental health patients) Hospitals situated in the outskirts of Barcelona. The acute psychiatric ward is composed by: Daily Follow up of Patients (interviews, treatment, social and family overview, etc), Electroconvulsive Therapy (sessions every day in both hospitals), Clinical Psychology Therapy (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Group Therapy, etc.), Social Workers, Psychiatric Emergency Room (only available in Granollers), and Neuropsychology.

There is also availability to attend to clinical rotations in the Daily Care Mental Health Department, Dual Psychiatric Department (addictions and mental health) and outpatient clinics.

The trainee will work among other local trainees and  will always be supervised by senior psychiatrists specialists.

2. ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY PROGRAMME

Over a period of 4-6 weeks, trainee will have the opportunity to work in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in both Acute and Subacute Unit in Sant Boi del Llobregat.

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Ward has two sections: Acute and Subacute patients with up to 50 beds (25 beds each). The Subacute unit is supra sectorial, which means that it accepts patients from all over the Catalan Region, being the only subacute department available in Catalunya for Adolescents.

The trainee will work among other local trainees and have a supervision by senior specialists.

Length:

4-6 weeks

Periods available:

All year round.

Requirements:

Medium level of Spanish is required and mandatory for the communication with most of the patients. Knowledge of Catalan is a plus since it is also very widely spoken.

Travel information:
  • VISA: Not for EU citizens.
  • Travel and health insurance:
    It is advisable. Emergency treatment is always given to any citizens worldwide. Nevertheless, European citizens should  ask for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Accommodation:

  • With host: Maybe.
  • Hospital residencies available: No.
  • Hostels and Youth hostels: Yes.
  • Affordable hotels: Yes.
  • Other (flats…): Please ask the local coordinator for further information.

Moving through the city: public transport is available across the city in Barcelona (bus, metro, bike lane, train, tram). To reach the hospital there is a direct train towards Sant Boi del Llobregat every 5 minutes from Barcelona – Plaça Espanya (30 minutes). To reach the hospital towards Granollers there is a direct train leaving every 10-15 minutes from Plaça Sants/Passeig de Gracia/El clot (Barcelona).

National coordinator:
Dr Victor Pereira

Local coordinator:
Dr Teresa Gómez Alemany

National Trainee association:
http://serpsiquiatria.org/