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Social worker commended for giving service users and their families a voice!

Posted on the 26th October 2015

A Local Health Trust professional has won a prestigious Positive Practice Award for her work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Lancaster.

Lindy Simpson, who was nominated by a colleague in the Making a Difference category, won the award for the work she did whilst working at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust around involving children and young people and their families in their care. Lindy was instrumental in the development of a group called 'CREW" which consisting of young people and their parents who have used inpatient services and want to be involved in the continual development of the service. CREW have also worked in collaboration with a youth theatre in Barrow and one in 
Kendal to raise awareness of mental health in schools for students and staff. As well as her work with the Trust, last year Lindy supported the mental health review of CAMHS services in South Cumbria.

Lindy Simpson said:

"The evening was brilliant and I"m so excited to have won. It was an honour to be celebrating positive practice in mental health with Tony and Angie Russell who are the founders of this amazing collaborative. 

"To have my work recognised by the prestigious national panel of judges at Positive Practice is a real accolade. Knowing that young people and parents who experienced acute mental health difficulties with the team nominated me makes this even more special. My work has been to give them a voice and for them to be heard! I will always be proud of the NHS CAMHS Inpatient services covering Lancashire and South Cumbria. They are recognised in the top 15 as national best practice."

In April Lindy joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as a lecturer in the School of Social Work, Care and Community.

Jo Cunningham, Head of the School of Social Work, Care and Community at UCLan said: 

"We are very proud to have Lindy join the team and are excited to know that all the great work she has done, has been recognised in such a prestigious way. Lindy is now able to share her practice knowledge with our students and bring her passion and commitment into the teaching environment."

The Positive Practice Awards celebrate excellence in mental health and works to identify and share positive practice examples and influence thinking in mental health policy and service development.

To read more about the awards and the work that Positive Practice do, visit their website www.positivepracticemh.com

To read more about the CAMHS service provided by the Trust, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/CAMHS