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Parents receive NHS Excellence in Participation Award!

Posted on the 11th March 2014

Sue Funning and Eddie Manion were awarded for their commitment to improving services for young people and families in Lancashire and South Cumbria. Sue and Eddie were successful in the Participant of the Year category for work they do as members of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Participation Team. The pair have worked for over 6 years, particularly in supporting the development of a Family Support Group and for changing the entire inpatient catering arrangements to become self-catering. The award acknowledges their commitment to service development in partnership with the management and staff at The Junction and The Platform.

Lindy Simpson, Participation Lead and Specialist Social Worker at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“I am proud to have nominated Sue and Eddie for this award and so excited that they have won. It is testament to the hard work and commitment to The Crew, the group where they work alongside young people supported by the participation team. Every member of staff had a part to play in this success.”  

“This category in particular recognises people who show extraordinary commitment to participating in service development in the NHS. Sue, Eddie and the young people who have experienced mental health problems understand the services and influence them by being on all of the recruitment panels, providing training to other services and Universities and by action planning with the management team. The impact of the participation work in the CAMHS inpatient service deserves national recognition and it’s great that Sue and Eddie have achieved this.”

Michael Himsworth Participation Worker said:

“The award is further acknowledgement of the importance of participation. The service was developed with families and young people’s views being central and influencing everything we do.

“We support young people to be totally involved in their health decisions as well as improving the service.”

Sue and Eddie said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award! It is rewarding and humbling to be part of the team as these services are amazing and we want to give something back. We feel that the work being done at the Junction in Lancaster and The Platform in Preston is so important, enabling young people and families to work through their illnesses in a safe and therapeutic environment. Both of our daughters are now well and are studying hard towards their further education.”

The Excellence in Participation awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of people and organisations across the country who are transforming people’s lives, improving health and care services and putting patients, service users, carers and communities at the very heart of health and care. NHS England has shared that all those shortlisted are involved in inspirational work within the NHS.

If you would like more information about this work please contact Lindy Simpson, The Junction in Lancaster, 01524 550386 or lindy.simpson@lancashirecare.nhs.uk.