Awards success

Staff from various teams across the Trust took to the stage following success at the Positive Practice in Mental Health awards in London

Staff from various teams across the Trust took to the stage following success at the Positive Practice in Mental Health awards in London

The staff mindfulness service proudly took receipt of the award for ‘Mental Wellbeing of Staff’ for their approach to improving the health and wellbeing of staff.

Mindfulness programmes for staff have been offered in the Trust since 2009 and are highly valued and have been described by some as ‘life-changing’.

Mindfulness is a widely used therapeutic technique which can help people to be more aware of the moment and to calmly acknowledge and accept their feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.

To date over 1000 staff have attended introductory mindfulness workshops and 450 staff have taken part in the full eight week programmes.

Elinor Morgan, staff mindfulness service lead said: “We are really pleased to have won this award and to have received national recognition from the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards for the second time. This is a reflection of the importance of the Trust’s approach to supporting the health and well-being of our staff and the hard work and dedication of the whole mindfulness team.”

The Trust Kaizen promotion office, working in partnership with psychosis teams in Hartlepool and Stockton and the North Tees and North Durham early intervention in psychosis teams, won the ‘MINDset Quality Improvement System’ category.

The Trust has seen significant improvements using the Quality Improvement System (QIS) methodology. The Model Line programme for community psychosis teams, a unique innovation, taken from the manufacturing industry, involves managers and clinicians using feedback from service users and carers, as well as evidence-based practice and lean methodology to improve services for people with psychosis. 

Lisa Webb, project lead, said: “The Model Line programme has helped to create a greater focus on recovery and reduced waste within the team processes. A number of staff from psychosis teams across the Trust has been involved in developing, testing and rolling out the model and we are really proud to be recognised by the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards judges for our achievements.”