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Lancashire Care secures wins in Prestigious National Awards

Posted on the 19th October 2016

Local mental health services in Lancashire were recently commended at a prestigious national awards ceremony held to celebrate positive work in mental health across the country.

The Older Adult Mental Health Service and a member of staff from the same service at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust bagged two awards at the annual Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2016.

The event, held on Thursday 13 October, is a national event organised by the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative. This year’s event, held at the H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre in Woking, consisted of 16 categories that were open to teams, services and individuals who work in mental health. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust won in two categories and was highly commended in a third.

Dr Amanda Thornton, Clinical Director for the Services and NHS England Dementia Clinical Lead, nominated the entire service for the Mental Health 5 Year Forward View Integration Category. She said: “The Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards is a prestigious forum in which positive work in mental health across the country is celebrated. It’s absolutely fantastic that the Trust won in two of the sixteen categories and was highly commended in a third in these national awards, something that underscores the brilliant work that we do in mental health and learning disability services. The fact that the Older Adult Mental Health Service and one of our mental health nurses went onto pick up the award highlights the innovative, compassionate and person-centred care that we provide as a Trust.”

Details of the Trust’s two wins and one highly recommended are as follows:

  • The Older Adult Mental Health Service won in the Mental Health 5 Year Forward View Integration Category (supported by NHS England) for collaborating with partners to develop teams for whole person health.
  • Andrew McCrimmon, a Mental Health Nurse at the Trust, won in the Making a Difference Category for making a difference to the lives of people with mental health problems.
  • The Adult Learning Disability Service was highly recommended in the Patient Experience Category (supported by Picker Institute Europe) for co-designing Always Events within the service.

The awards are held every year and were this year hosted by South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust. Next year’s event is to be held in Blackpool, Lancashire, and will be hosted by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The awards were 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.