HPFT success at national mental health awards for older people
12 Jul 19 - 12 Jul 19
HPFT staff working in older people’s services were thrilled to have been shortlisted for this year’s Positive Practice in Mental Health’s Older People’s Mental Health and Dementia Awards 2019, which took place in Bristol on 11 July.
The Care Home Support Service for south-west Herts came out top in the Depression, delirium and dementia care in care homes category. This service has resulted in a significant reduction in the prescribing of antipsychotics as a first line of treatment. This is an important step in improving quality and safety of the services for care home residents.
At the same event, the east and north Herts Integrated Care Team was Highly Commended for the Integrated care for older people with mental health issues and frailty and/or physical health long-term conditions (including social care) category. Mental Health Intervention from their team is enabling people to retain their independence for as long as possible. Having mental health input at an early stage is also helping to prevent future referrals to secondary care.
HPFT’s Chief Executive Tom Cahill said: “We were delighted to have been shortlisted for these national awards, which recognised what can be achieved in terms of helping to keep older people healthier and independent for longer, by working in an integrated way. It’s a great achievement and full credit goes to our outstanding, dedicated teams for working so incredibly well with other organisations to provide the highest quality of care for our older service users.”
Entries will now go forward to the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards taking place at Duxford Air Museum, near Cambridge on World Mental Health Day, Thursday 10 October.