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HPFT co-hosts national Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards

15 Oct 19 - 15 Oct 20

Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) co-hosted the annual Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards (PPiMH) together with Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Trust on World Mental Health Day (10 October), at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. 


Members of the Community Perinatal team with HPFT's Chief Executive Tom Cahill and Chair, Chris Lawrence  

These prestigious awards take place annually to recognise and reward teams and organisations who are at the forefront of delivering excellence, innovation and impact in mental health. Three HPFT teams were highly commended on the night; Community Perinatal; CAMHS Eating Disorders and Pimp My Zimmer.

Members of CAMHS Eating Disorders team


Members of the “Pimp My Zimmer” project team

HPFT’s Chief Executive Tom Cahill said: “It was a pleasure to co-host these awards which recognise some of the highest quality services and innovations in our profession. I’m delighted our teams were recognised in this way, as they’re brilliant examples of how we’re developing new and innovative ideas at HPFT and working in partnership with others, in order to keep improving the care we provide for our service users.

“Sharing our knowledge and learning from one another is the best way to keep improving our services. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners and thanks to our co-hosts and Angie and Tony Russell from PPiMH for organising the event.”  

Awards co-hosts Tom Cahill (HPFT CEO) and Tracy Dowling (CPFT CEO)

HPFT’s Highly Commended teams

As well as providing a range of specialist interventions, the Community Perinatal team has expanded to reduce waiting times; provide video interaction guidance and a number of support groups to help women throughout their pregnancy and whilst adjusting to their new babies.

The CAMHS Eating Disorders Team has embraced and supported the newly created Nursing Associate role and have trained their team’s Nursing Associate to carry out ECGs and blood tests for their young service users. This means that results are being analysed quicker and any concerns are being addressed sooner.

The Pimp My Zimmer project involves working in care homes with local school children, who have been decorating zimmer frames to reflect their owners interests e.g. football teams, flowers and cycling. The decorations are fun and make it easy for people to recognise their frames, encouraging them to use them more often and talk to others about how they look.



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