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Lancashire Care’s Older Adults Team receives Prestigious National Award

Posted on the 23rd October 2018

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Older Adults Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team (RITT) has received national recognition at this year’s Positive Practice in Mental Health (PPiMH) Awards.

The Annual Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards are held to celebrate all of the hard work that is taking place in mental health services across the country. This year, the Trust’s Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team (RITT) was crowned the winner of the ‘Older Adult Functional Mental Health Services’ award for their commitment to providing a robust older adult mental health community service which focuses on keeping people well at home and avoiding preventable hospital admission.

James Harper, Allied Health Professional Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are so delighted to have received the Older Adult’s Functional Mental Health Service award at this year’s ceremony. The Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team (RITT) was first established so that the Trust could provide a robust older adult mental health community service with a focus on keeping people at home and avoiding preventable hospital admission.

“The team work extremely hard to provide an urgent response to people in crisis by providing support to people in their own home and in care homes, and we are so pleased to have been recognised for this. We had a fantastic evening celebrating with our Positive Practice Collaborative partners and we look forward to hopefully doing the same again next year.”

The Trust’s Eating Disorder Service also received Highly Commended in the ‘Community Mental Health Services for Eating Disorder’ category, for innovatively embedding a GP into the service, which has resulted in better outcomes for service users.

The winners were announced at a ceremony was held on Thursday 11 October by the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative, a user led multi agency collaborative of seventy-five organisations, including, NHS Trusts, CCG’s, Police Forces, third sector providers, front line charities and service user groups. For more information about this year’s winners please visit http://positivepracticemh.com/