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Lancashire Care Shortlisted in Three Categories in Prestigious National Awards

Posted on the 28th July 2016

The innovative practices in Older Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability Services at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust have been highlighted after a member of staff and two services from the Trust were shortlisted for prestigious national mental health awards.

The Older Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability Service have all been shortlisted for various accolades in the annual Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2016. The event, which will be held in October, is organised by the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative to showcase the positive work that happens in mental health across the country. This year’s event consists of 15 categories that were open to teams, services and individuals who work in mental health.

James Harper, Associate Clinical Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, who is also the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative’s national lead for Older People’s Mental Health and Dementia, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that we’ve got three shortlists from the Trust in these national awards, something that underscores the brilliant work that we do in mental health and learning disability services. The fact that two of our services and one of our staff have been shortlisted in a range of categories highlights the innovative, quality and people-centred care that we provide as a Trust.”

Details of the three shortlists are as follows:

The Older Adult Mental Health Service has been shortlisted in the Mental Health Integration, Five Year Forward View, category (supported by NHS England) for collaborating with partners to develop teams for whole person health.

The Adult Learning Disability Service has been shortlisted in the Patient Experience category (supported by Picker Institute Europe) for co-designing Always Events within the service.

Andrew McCrimmon, a Mental Health Nurse at the Trust, has been shortlisted in the Making a Difference category for making a difference to the lives of people with mental health problems.

The awards are supported by NHS England, Picker Institute Europe, King’s Health Partners, Otsuka Health Solutions, West of England Academic Health Science Network and HS Consultancy. They are organised by the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative, a user-led multi agency collaborative of 75 organisations that includes NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, police forces, third sector providers, front line charities and service user groups. The group seeks to identify and disseminate positive practice in mental health services by working together across organisations and sectors to facilitate shared learning and to raise the profile of mental health with politicians and policy makers.

For further details visit the Positive Practice in Mental Health webpage.