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Service users shortlisted in national awards

Posted on the 15th February 2016

Service users at Guild Lodge in Preston have been shortlisted in not one but TWO categories in the National Service User Awards!

The National Service User Awards celebrate the various service user led initiatives and achievements within a secure care setting. This year service users at Guild Lodge, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust"s secure mental health inpatient hospital in Preston, have been shortlisted in two categories. The first is the 'Community, Social or Vocational Initiative" for the 'Soapy Suds" car wash set up at the hospital providing service users the opportunity to gain skills and experience in business. The second is the 'Breaking Down Barriers" category for a workshop aimed at medical students which provides a service users" perspective regarding their care to help them develop listening skills and explore the Doctor/Patient interaction. 

Carol Bristow, Service User and Carer Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

"We are delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories which recognises the hard work and dedication by all service users involved. Both initiatives provide service users with skills and experience which can be used in future for potential employment opportunities as well improving their self-esteem. Everyone involved in the projects is extremely excited to have been nominated and that in itself provides them with a sense of pride which is important for their overall confidence and for their recovery. To win would be excellent, but to have been shortlisted and be recognised in this way highlights the great work that takes place and the value of involving service users in both their care and innovative new projects to help health professionals of the future."

The winners will be announced at a ceremony which is being held at Silverstone race course in April. More information about the National Service User Awards can be found at