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Acute Therapy Service shortlisted for prestigious HSJ Award!

Posted on the 11th September 2017

A mental health service at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted to potentially win an award in the forthcoming Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards that are to be held later this year in November.

The Acute Therapy Service has been shortlisted in the ‘Innovation in Mental Health’ category for their new initiative to provide service users in Lancashire with an alternative resource when an inpatient admission is being considered. The Acute Therapy Service improves the care pathway and choices for individuals when they are in a mental health crisis by enabling them to remain in their own home whilst receiving the right care, at the right time.

The Acute Therapy Service supports people in mental health crisis through a psychologically led, skills based programme based on the principles of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).The service offers a safe, containing and therapeutic environment for people who present with low mood, emotional and behavioural dysregulation and who are deemed a risk of suicide or self-harm. The service is accessible to anyone aged 16 years and above and will support between six and eight people at a time. The duration or involvement with the service is individually assessed however is often around six consecutive days although extensions may be offered depending upon the clinical need of the person.

Angela O’Brien, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for ATS at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the prestigious HSJ awards for innovation in mental health services. Having seen a gap in provision for people in crisis, the Acute Therapy Service has been developed to support people through a psychologically led skills based programme, equipping them with the skills and techniques they need to manage in times of crisis and difficulty.

“It is a unique service and is proving to be a great success in supporting people as an alternative to hospital or to facilitate earlier discharge from hospital. We are really pleased and proud that this development has been recognised at national level.”

Winners will be announced at this year’s HSJ Awards ceremony on 22 November 2017 at InterContinental London - The O2. The awards are organised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) in partnership with de Poel health+care.

The awards are held each year to celebrate all of the hard work that is taking place across the country in healthcare. This year, there are 22 categories for the awards all of which are supported by Cardinal Health, GS1, NHS Digital, NHS Employer, NHS England and Thet. For further details visit the HSJ website https://awards.hsj.co.uk/.