Numerous award wins for the Trust

Celebrating our achievements as a Trust and individual teams is something that we seldom make time to do, as we are so often in the mindset to look to the future. This week, we made sure to recognise our nurses at our Nursing Conference, our staff and service users in CAMHS at the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Awards, and celebrate yet more award wins for the Trust at the Partnerships Awards.

Our 4th Annual Nursing Conference

Last week, our brilliant nursing staff came together for our 4th Annual Nursing Conference. Held in Keele Hall on Keele University’s campus, the setting as no doubt nostalgic for many who will have graduated from our Official University partner.  The conference was the perfect chance to celebrate the breath and depth of the superb work our nurses do, and a time to say thank you. 

Hosted by Maria Nelligan, Executive Director of Nursing & Quality, the theme of this year’s conference was “the uniqueness of nursing” within mental health and learning disabilities healthcare.

Keynote speakers included some prestigious figures, including: Steven Pryjmachuk, Professor, Mental Health Nursing at the University of Manchester; Jim Blair, Clinical Lead Health Improvement at NHS England, Associate Professor Intellectual (Learning) Disabilities at Kingston University and St George’s University of London, as well as our very own Ann Cox, Consultant Nurse & Clinical Lead, CAMHS, and Non-Medical Prescribing Trust Lead; and Christopher Fieldhouse, Consultant Nurse, Dual Diagnosis.

The event also celebrated 100 years of Learning Disability Nursing, where Jackie Shapland and Kieran Uttley from our Learning Disability services launched our Learning Disability Champion initiative.

The day concluded with an awards ceremony, which included the winning poster presentation, which celebrated nurse-led research.

Children & Young People’s Mental Health Awards

On Saturday, we were proud to host Positive Practice’s Children & Young People’s Mental Health Awards. This is the second year the awards have been held, which give us all the chance to give our thanks and support to those who work in CAMHS services across the country. 

There is no greater priority in the NHS than supporting and caring for our young people and their mental health and wellbeing. As an NHS CAMHS Trailblazer with the leading reputation of our children’s mental health services, we were delighted to be the host of the awards evening, which was held in Stoke-on-Trent.

Not only were we highly commended for the Inpatient Care award for The Darwin Centre, as well as Liaison and Intensive support service for The Hub, but we won the Partnership Working/Co-Production award! 

Chloe Jackson, one of the young volunteers on our CAMHS Trailblazer project, has been absolutely invaluable in her input into the project, so winning Champion of the Year was so well deserved. 

Estates Team Double Win

Our wonderful Estates Team had two reasons to celebrate last week, when they won two awards at the Partnerships Bulletin Partnership Awards 2019. They took home The Public Sector Team of the Year Gold Award for how they worked together and managed to maintain services whilst going through major management of change with the Estates team, dealing with the collapse of Carillion and delivering the Trust’s biggest capital project to the key parameters of time, cost and scope. 

Secondly, they won the Silver Award for Best Operational Project for Harplands Hospital. This was a joint award to both the Trust Estates team and Imagile Professional Services for the way that they work so well together for their partnership working on the PFI and particularly for dealing with the collapse of Carillion as a provider of services on that contract. Congratulations to everyone involved in this success.

Mental Health Awareness Week 13-19 May

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week –  this year’s theme being body image. The young people at the Darwin Centre have been busy creating artwork for the week to represent acceptance and body positivity, with empowering quotes and phrases featured on their display.  There will also be a display in Harplands Reception all week, with a mannequin based on Hope and Recovery, which the young people have named Mr Hope! So look out for Mr Hope if you’re visiting Harplands this week and be sure to share a picture of yourself with him using the hashtags #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, #BeBodyKind and #MrHope