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Success at the Positive Practice Awards

Posted on the 14th November 2014

Sallyann Walker, Norman Lamb MP and James Harper

A programme set up by a team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to provide support for people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers, was a winner at a glittering awards ceremony celebrating the national Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards held in Sheffield last week.

The awards are led by Breakthrough, a nationally recognised mental health service user organisation which offers a service user perspective to research service development and training. On the evening, two teams from the Trust were recognised; the Older Adult’s Mental Health Team who won the Older Adult’s Mental Health Award for their Positive Outlook Programme. Also, the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) were Highly Commended in the Innovation in CAMHS Award. 

Heather Tierney-Moore, Chief Executive at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said of the evening:

“It was an honour to be a part of the awards ceremony and have the chance to celebrate the amazing work that is taking place in the area of mental health. The Positive Practice Initiative provides a great platform for service users to have their voices heard, and the work that takes place to reduce stigma around mental health is remarkable. It is also a great opportunity for NHS and third sector organisations to get together to celebrate the collective work that each organisation participates in to support mental health and positive practice in this area.

“For the Trust’s work to be recognised on the evening was truly the icing on the cake, and highlights the excellent work that takes place by our teams and individuals on a daily basis.”

James Harper, Associate Clinical Director in Older Adult Mental Health at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We were delighted to be a part of the awards evening and recognise the brilliant working that takes place around the country in the field of mental health care. In our category there were some excellent examples of the types of compassionate care that is carried out in relation to older adults mental health and we were thrilled to have won!

“The Positive Outlook Programme is a 6 week training course for people diagnosed with dementia and their carers, providing a range of information and resources from how to maintain memory, as well as physical health advice and promoting independent living. The groups offer a support network for carers as well as people with dementia with the aim of keeping daily life as normal as possible for everyone involved following a diagnosis.”

Positive Practice aims to promote the creative talents of people who experience mental health issues as well as working to identify and share positive practice examples and influence thinking in mental health policy and service development.  Tony and Angie Russell, the Award Organisers for Positive Practice said of the event:

“We are delighted that the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards continues to grow year in year, illustrating how much great practice there is out there. We are delighted that the Positive Outlook Programme and Tier 4 Inpatient CAMHS services have both been recognised this year.”

You can find out more about the awards by visiting