Lindy Simpson has been nominated for a prestigious Positive Practice Award in the Making a Difference category for her work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Lancaster.
The awards are led by Breakthrough, a nationally recognised mental health service user organisation and were created to recognise and celebrate all that"s good in mental health services. Lindy has been nominated for her work as Participation Lead and Social Worker at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and was nominated by her colleagues because of the instrumental development of participation within the services provided at two of the Trust"s inpatient units. Lindy was heavily involved in giving the young people and families who were accessing the services a voice by involving them in reviews and decisions about their care during their stay in hospital, and then working with ward managers and the entire team to put these thoughts and ideas into action.
Another project Lindy led on was the development of 'CREW" which is a group consisting of young people and their parents who have used inpatient services and want to be involved in the continual development of the service.
Lindy worked in partnership with CREW at two of the Trust"s CAHMS Tier 4 units in North Lancashire; The Junction, which is a 10 bedded inpatient unit that provides a wide range of psychological, medical and social interventions and The Platform, which is a 6 bedded inpatient unit for young people aged 16-17 who can no longer be safely and effectively managed in their own home or community setting.
Lindy Simpson said:
''I feel really excited that the young people I have worked with and my colleagues decided to nominate me for this national award. I am so proud of the teams who work at the Trust"s inpatient CAMHS units. The CREW members who have given so much over the last 10 years has made this service extra special.""
Ian Voyle Participation/Outreach Team Leader at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
''Lindy is genuinely passionate about young people and their families. She encourages them to be involved in all aspects of participation and she showed this on a daily basis through her drive, energy and enthusiasm for her work. When Lindy decided to move into education I was asked to cover her role. During my first meeting with the CREW group we all felt that we should nominate her for this award as recognition of all the brilliant work she has done whilst working for the Trust. Even now Lindy and I continue to work together around participation and this partnership working has meant we have been able to provide some input to her education sessions at the local university which is excellent in regards to building positive relationships with other organisations.""
The award ceremony is taking place on Wednesday 14 October in Newcastle, to read more about the awards visit www.positivepracticemh.com
To read more about the CAHMS service provided by the Trust, please follow this link