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Two shortlists for prestigious national award in mental health

Posted on the 31st July 2017

Two mental health teams from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted to potentially win an award in the forthcoming Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards that are to be held later this year in October.

The two Lancashire Care teams have been shortlisted in the ‘Psychological Therapies – Improving Access and Outcomes in Secondary Care’ category of the awards which is supported by NHS England. Both the ‘Acute Therapy Service’ (ATS) and the ‘Psychosis and Bipolar Psychological Care Network’ (PBPCN) are among five NHS trusts from across the country that have been shortlisted for the prestigious award for their work in improving access and outcomes for service users.

Angela O’Brien, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for ATS at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are really excited to have been shortlisted for this year’s Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards. We provide the Acute Therapy Service in Central, East and North Lancashire in supporting people in mental health crisis through a psychologically led skills based programme. The service has proved to be a great success in supporting people as an alternative to hospital or to facilitate earlier discharge from hospital.”

Dr Tony Roach, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for the Psychosis and Bipolar Psychological Care Network, said:

‘‘Our team has been shortlisted for the ‘Mood on Track’ programme which was developed as a self-management course to help people with bipolar disorder identify early warning signs, monitor mood and improve the management of problem mood changes by enhancing coping skills. Service users have been involved in the production of the course which has had some great results and outcomes. I feel really excited that we have been shortlisted already and proud of the team for the hard work we’ve put into this.”

Winners will be announced at the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards ceremony that is to be hosted this year by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust on 12 October 2017 at The Imperial Hotel in Blackpool. The awards are organised by the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative, a user led multi agency collaborative of seventy-five organisations, including, NHS Trusts, CCGs, police forces, third sector providers, front line charities and service user groups.

The awards are held each year to celebrate all of the hard work that is taking place across the country in mental health. This year, there are 21 categories for the awards all of which are supported by NHS England. For further details visit the Positive Practice in Mental Health and follow @PositivePracti1 on Twitter.