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    We are proud to be the home of award-winning teams and individuals. The list below shows the range of areas in which our expertise has been recognised.


    January 2019

    • The Desmond Team in Central Lancashire won the “Team of the Year” award at the “Celebrating Desmond Annual Awards Programme 2018.” The judging panel at the annual awards thought that the Desmond Team showed “star quality” and was impressed by the team’s philosophy and principles.
    • The Trust has been shortlisted in the “Best Not for Profit Working in Partnership with the NHS” category at the “HSJ Partnership Awards” for its work with the Richmond Fellowship. The Trust has been working with Richmond to develop alternative ways of providing support for those in mental health crisis. We have been working together since 2016 and have opened two crisis houses in Lancashire (results out on 20 March).

    February 2019

    • Diane McCabe, a Healthcare Support Worker at The Orchard, received the “Cavell Star Award” for going above and beyond for her colleagues. Cavell Star Awards are a new national awards programme given to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who shine bright and show exceptional care to their colleagues, patients and patients’ families.


    April 2018

    • The Burnley and Pendle Speech and Language Therapy Team was nominated for the “NHS70 Parliamentary Awards” in the “Healthier Communities” category. The team was nominated by Pendle MP Pendle Andrew Stephenson.

    June 2018

    • The Trust’s Acute Mental Health Care Pathways was shortlisted for the “HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards” in the “Mental Health” category. The awards recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS. The pathways were introduced in response to out of area demands at the end of 2015.
    • The Investigations and Learning Team won in the “Improving the Value of NHS Support Services” category of the “HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards.” The Trust was noted for being a learning organisation and creating a team of specialised serious incident investigators to learn why incidents occur in order to prevent them from happening again or minimise the likelihood of a recurrence.
    • The Trust’s Pharmacy Team was shortlisted in the “Training Development” category of the “HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards” for their work in developing an in-house virtual learning community for mental health pharmacists, enabling them to share knowledge to improve care.
    • Pharmacy Technicians Jane Astley won the “Patient Safety Award” for her work with the Trust's Physical Health Clinic in the West Lancs Community Mental Health Team. This is a national award organised annually by the “Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK.”

    July 2018

    • Tracey Hartley-Smith, Integrated Service Leader in the Learning Disability and Complex Needs Team, beat five finalists to win the “Learning Disability Nursing Award” in the “Royal College of Nursing Institute’s Nurse Awards 2018”. The award is sponsored by NHS England and recognises learning disability nurses or teams who have used their initiative, insight and skills to make a real difference to the health, wellbeing and social inclusion of people with learning disabilities.
    • Kathryn Woods, Interim Head of Nursing in the Community Wellbeing Network, was awarded the title of “Queen’s Nurse” for making a huge difference to patients and staff in the delivery of patient-centred community care.
    • Deborah Wiltshire from the Trust’s Temporary Staffing Team was shortlisted for the “Personal Achievement Award” at the “Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion Awards 2018” (ENEI Awards 2018). Deborah was recognised as an inspirational individual for her role as a Trust Equality and Diversity Champion. Deborah was involved in the Untapped Talent Project that looked at the experience of BME staff.
    • Emma Allen, the Trust’s Equality and Diversity Strategic Lead, was shortlisted for the “Equality & Inclusion Senior Champion of the Year” award in the “Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion Awards 2018” (ENEI Awards 2018). Emma was shortlisted for her significant contribution to improving the culture at the Trust. Emma was also recognised for her achievements and infectious positivity, trademark enthusiasm and the impact her personality has on the organisation.
    • The “East Lancashire Community Restart Service” was shortlisted for the “Community Impact Award” in the “Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion Awards 2018” (ENEI Awards 2018) for the work of its Service User Development Team that has, over the past 10 years, supported 62 groups and projects, providing opportunities to over 1,800 individuals to attend sessions.
    • The Trust’s Finance Team won the “Best Place to Work” award at the “Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) North West Branch Awards 2018.” The team was recognised for its ability to recruit, sustain and develop teams within finance.

    September 2018

    • The Community Pain Service in Southport and Formby came joint second (runner up) in “The Good Help Award” along with a patient support group that they work alongside called Pain Clinic Plus. The awards are run by Nesta, an innovation foundation, to recognise and reward organisations or teams that demonstrate they are helping people transform lives.

    October 2018

    • The Trust’s Recruitment Team was shortlisted for “The Nursing Times Workforce Awards” in the “Best Recruitment Experience” category.
    • The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Eating Disorder Service was shortlisted for the “Community Mental Health Services for Eating Disorder” category of the “Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2018.” The service was shortlisted for innovatively embedding a GP into the service, which has resulted in better outcomes for service users.
    • The East Lancashire Community Restart Team (including Blackburn with Darwen) was Highly Commended in the “Specialist Services” category of the “Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2018”.
    • The Temporary Staffing Team received the “Improving Working Lives” award at the “Allocate Awards 2018” in recognition for their work in providing the best opportunities for staff to work flexibly around their commitments using the Allocate Software systems.

    November 2018

    • Consultant Psychiatrist Gareth Thomas was shortlisted for the “Psychiatric Trainer of the Year Award” in the “RCPsych Awards 2018,” which mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry. Nominations for this category are for demonstrating a significant contribution to the training of trainee psychiatrists.
    • The Trust’s Recruitment Team received the “Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award.” This is part of the government initiative that encourages businesses to employ and support ex-service and serving men and women. The review body responsible for making the award recognised that the Trust showed outstanding commitment to its reservists and veterans alike.
    • The Trust was shortlisted for the “Diversity Champion Award” in the “Excellence in Diversity Awards 2018.” This is the only awards ceremony that rewards organisations for harnessing a truly diverse workforce, thus recognising the significant efforts of organisations nationwide that excel in their commitment to equality and inclusion across all strands of diversity.


    Our Myplace project was highly commended for a National Children and Young Peoples' Mental Health (CYPMH) award in the partnership working/co-production category.

    The Mental Health network and Finance Department together won an innovation award from the Healthcare Finance Managers Association.

    Our KnowLA system was shortlisted for an iNetwork Innovation Award in the Connected Procurement and Commissioning Innovation category.

    Joanna Harrison in the Equality and Diversity Team was shortlisted as a Leader of the Year in the Unsung Hero Awards. The Unsung Hero Awards are designed to reward and celebrate Non-Medical / Non-Clinical NHS staff.

    The Kiran Ladies Group, supported by our Blackburn with Darwen Community Restart Team, won the ‘Doing it for Ourselves’ category at Peerfest ’17. The group is a self-led and self-supporting peer group of 50+ ladies who support, advise and engage in physical and developmental activity for ladies in the Brookhouse area of Blackburn.

    The ’Mood on Track’ programme run by the Psychosis and Bipolar Psychological Care Network won a Positive Practice in Mental Health Award in the Psychological Therapies in Secondary Care’ Psychological Therapies in Secondary Care’ category. The Acute Therapy Service also won an award, in the ‘Psychological Therapies – Improving Access and Outcomes in Secondary Care’ category,

    The pharmacy team won the oral presentation award for their Virtual Learning Environment at the International College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) Conference.

    Emma Allen, our Head of Equality and Diversity, was shortlisted for an Excellence in Diversity Award. The awards honour the outstanding achievements of inclusive employers and diversity champions across the UK.

    Amy Brown, a student Health Visitor on placement with Lancashire Care, won a Queen’s Nursing Institute award for Outstanding Achievement as a Health Visitor Student.

    The East Lancashire Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion (CJLD) Service was shortlisted for a National Learning Disabilities and Autism Award.

    Karen Coutts was shortlisted in the patient choice category of the RCNi Nurse Awards. The award, sponsored by Yakult and supported by Smooth Radio enables members of the public to thank a nurse, midwife, health visitor, healthcare assistant or assistant practitioner who has delivered exceptional care.

    We were shortlisted for a Patient Safety Award in the ‘Managing Long Term Conditions’ category.  

    Consultant Psychiatrist Nusrat Husain won the Clinical Research Role Model Of The Year Award in the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2017 for his dedication to addressing inequalities in access to health care and clinical insightfulness as a research leader committed to addressing mental health inequalities in the UK. In the same awards, the Clinical Research Team was shortlisted in the Delivering Research in Collaboration category and Clinical Research Team or Site of the Year category.