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HPFT in the finals for three national Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards

16 Aug 19 - 16 Aug 20

In the same year as receiving an overall Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is thrilled to learn that three of its services have been shortlisted for the national Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards (PPiMH) in the following categories:

  • The Community Perinatal Team is shortlisted for the Perinatal Mental Health category

  • The Pimp My Zimmer project is shortlisted for the Older People’s Mental Health category

  • The CAMHS Eating Disorders Team is shortlisted for the Eating Disorders category

HPFT’s Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director Keith Loveman said: “Receiving national recognition for their achievements is all down to the hard work and tireless enthusiasm of everyone involved.

“The teams are already winners, as they’re directly improving the experiences and outcomes for our service users, by ensuring their needs are always at the heart of everything they do.”

Award winners will be announced in October.

PPiMH Shortlist details:

HPFT’s Community Perinatal Team is in the final four, for their service which supports women in Hertfordshire experiencing or at risk of developing a range of mental illnesses, from pre-conception up to their baby’s first birthday. As well as providing a range of specialist interventions, the service 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.

A simple multi-partnership project to prevent falls by personalising older people’s walking frames is in the final three entries to be shortlisted for the Older People’s Mental Health award. The Pimp My Zimmer Project involves local school children decorating the 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. Primary schools and care homes in the Watford and Three Rivers and the St Albans and Harpenden areas have benefited from the project so far, which has been delivered by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) in partnership with Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT), GPs, and social care services.

The Children and Young People’s Eating Disorders Team is shortlisted for embracing and supporting the newly created Nursing Associate role and training 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.

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