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Three shortlistings in Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards

07 Aug 17 - 07 Aug 17

We are delighted to announce that Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) has been shortlisted in three categories in the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards.

An approach to planning and delivering health, care and support with adults with mental ill health and their carers, co-productively developed between HPFT staff, service users and carers called ‘My Wellbeing Plan’, is shortlisted in the Social Care and Citizenship category.

The standard care and support planning document at HPFT for adults was devised in 2015 by Head of Integration, Alison Ryan, and Head of Social Work and Safeguarding, Kate Linhart.

A group of service users, carers and frontline staff led the development of the plan and were supported to guide its implementation. This development brought together two bodies of work – improving care plans and improving our delivery of personalisation working towards the ‘I statements’. Personalisation means that people have choice and control over the support they receive.

The documentation was launched with associated training that helped staff to understand it and the required changes to care and support planning practice that would make it a success. Implementation and associated change in culture and practice is ongoing.

Kate Linhart said: “The Wellbeing Plan enables people to take control of setting the goals that are meaningful to them and identifying the support available and needed to help them achieve these goals within one plan that meets their needs as a whole person. Service users say the plan has helped them see how other people can support them, including friends and family, and that they were not alone.”

Also shortlisted is HPFT’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Eating Disorders Team in the Specialist Eating Disorders category.

We worked with parents and young people to expand our eating disorders service for young people to develop and deliver a community-based service. This service has reduced the number of inpatient beds from 12 to two while improving outcomes for young people who get specialist intervention at a much earlier stage, giving them a much better chance of full recovery.

Team Leader Penny Smith said: “This expansion in service has also enabled us to offer a very intensive treatment package, a hospital-at-home type approach with clinicians visiting the family and young person on a daily basis if needed.”

A third shortlisting is for the Community Perinatal Team in the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Care category.

The Community Perinatal Mental Health Team (CPT) is a new Hertfordshire-wide team that has been set up following a successful application for funding to NHS England by the two Herts CCGs, Herts County Council and HPFT.

The CPT works with women, their baby and family from pre-conception up to 12 months postpartum who are experiencing a range of mental illnesses, and cannot effectively be managed by primary care. Between ten and 20 per cent of women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby.

The award shortlisting recognises the huge amount of work that has gone into setting up and developing a new team within a very short amount of time.

The Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards ceremony is on 12 October in Blackpool. The Positive Practice Mental Health Collaborative is a user-led multi-agency collaborative of 75 organisations, including, NHS Trusts, CCGs, police forces, third sector providers, charities and service user groups.

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