Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s Pennine Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team has received national recognition at this year’s National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards.
The awards are held each year to celebrate all of the hard work that takes place in mental health services across the country. This year, the Trust’s Pennine Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team (RITT) were awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Older Adult Functional Mental Health Services’ category that was sponsored by NHS England.
The team was given the award for their commitment to providing a robust older adult mental health community service that focuses on keeping people well at home and avoiding preventable hospital admission.
The RITT team was also the Winner of ‘National Older People’s Mental Health and Dementia Awards 2019 ’for community based crisis mental health care for people with functional mental health issues, which was held in July 2019 in Bristol .
(Gail Grimes, Suzanne Thornber, Jeanette Harrison, Jackie Wood, Dr Mitu Dhall)
Dr Mitu Dhall, Consultant Older Adults Psychiatrist from the Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“We are so delighted to have been highly commended for the ‘Older Adult’s Functional Mental Health Services’ award at this year’s ceremony. The Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team was first established so that the Trust could provide a robust older adult mental health multidisciplinary community service with a focus on treating people with functional illnesses or dementia at home .
“The team works extremely hard to provide an urgent response to people in crisis by providing support to people in their own home and in care homes, and we are so pleased to have been recognised for this. We had a fantastic evening celebrating with our Positive Practice Collaborative partners and we look forward to hopefully doing the same again next year.”
The National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards are open to NHS, social care, third sector and independent sector nominations across England, Wales and Scotland. The winners were announced at a ceremony held on 10 October at Duxford Air Museum, Cambridge, by the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative, a user led multi agency of 75 organisations that includes NHS Trusts, CCGs, the police, third sector providers, frontline charities and service user groups.
For more information about this year’s winners visit www.positivepracticemh.com.