The Annual Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards celebrate all of the hard work that is taking place in mental health service across the country. This year the Positive Practice MH Collaborative have successfully shortlisted Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust for two awards.
The Trust’s Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team (RITT) have been shortlisted in the ‘Older Adult Functional Mental Health Services’ category for their commitment to providing a robust older adult mental health community service which focuses on keeping people well at home and avoiding preventable hospital admission.
James Harper, Allied Health Professional Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“I am delighted that the Rapid Intervention and Treatment Teams have been recognised nationally for the Older People’s Mental Health Award at the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards. Being shortlisted for this award really does highlight the dedication of our staff working in Older Peoples Mental Health and the high quality care and service that they provide.
“We work extremely closely with our partners in the Mental Health Collaborative and hosted a fabulous ceremony here in Lancashire last year. We are so pleased to be involved again this year and are looking forward to hearing about all the fantastic examples of positive practice that are taking place across the county and to celebrating with everyone on the evening.”
The Eating Disorder Service has also been shortlisted for the ‘Community Mental Health Services for Eating Disorder’ category, for innovatively embedding a GP into the service, which has resulted in better outcomes for service users.
Local GPs were struggling to meet the demands of physical health monitoring for service users, and also lacked the specialist knowledge as they may only see one or two cases per year. The service decided that it would be beneficial to have their own GP to enable them to successfully manage both the physical health and psychological health of service users with eating disorders.
reduced risks around communication between the service and GPs, and sped up the process of monitoring service users.
Dr Karen Seal, Clinical Lead in the Eating Disorders Service Team 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 for this piece of quality work that breams with innovation and has transformed the way healthcare is delivered to people struggling with eating disorders. The service has proved to be a great success in supporting people with some excellent results and outcomes. The nomination also recognises all the hard work our truly fantastic team of dedicated and caring staff have put into the service, and the energy they provide for improving and driving forwards positive changes for people with eating disorders right across Lancashire. This passion enables us to provide a tailored plan of support and care to ensure they receive the very best care for them with a great outcome.
“Anybody can develop an eating disorder and so it is really important that we educate people around the illness so that they’re equipped to seek help either for themselves or for someone around them that is suffering. As a service we welcome self-referrals and would encourage anyone struggling with an eating disorder, or worried about someone, to get in touch.”
The ceremony is organised by the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative, a user led multi agency collaborative of seventy-five organisations, including, NHS Trusts, CCG’s, Police Forces, third sector providers, front line charities and service user groups.
For more information about the Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/medical-recruitment-older-adult or for the CAMHS Eating Disorders Service awards visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/eating-disorder-service-children-young-people-service. The winners will be announced at the prestigious ceremony at Liverpool Football Club on the 11 October 2018, for more information about the evening please visit http://positivepracticemh.com/.