Trust scoops a hat-trick in national awards

We have scooped three awards at the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) awards in London last night, Tuesday 8 November.

We have scooped three awards at the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) awards in London last night, Tuesday 8 November.

The annual RCPsych awards mark the highest level of achievement within psychiatry, and are designed to recognise and reward excellent practice in the field of mental health.

The North Tees liaison psychiatry team, part of a wider generic liaison team delivering care to patients presenting at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, won the ‘Psychiatric Team of the Year: Older-age adults’ category. The team carry out clinical assessments, risk management and care planning in partnership with stakeholders, ensuring high quality care is delivered to patients in a person-centred approach.

Commenting on North Tees Liaison Psychiatry Team’s win, RCPsych judges said: “This team exemplified everything this award is about. They employed innovation, partnership, effective leadership and excellent team work to deliver demonstrable quality improvements, reducing both antipsychotic prescribing and admissions. Patients and carers were involved in shaping the service and testified to the team’s compassion.”

Dr Paul Blenkiron, consultant psychiatrist based at Bootham Park in York, was named ‘Psychiatric Communicator of the Year’ for championing awareness and understanding of psychiatric and/or mental health issues, through public engagement.

The judges said: “Paul is an effective and enthusiastic ambassador for his profession, the College and those of us with mental illness. He has combined his clinical expertise with his outgoing personality and enthusiasm in his extensive work in public engagement. There are multiple examples where a quote from Paul has moved the subject from trivialising mental disorders to giving the public a clear idea that people have real and distressing problems.”

TEWV Experts by Experience Group was named ‘Service User/Patient Contributor of the Year 2016’ for working in partnership with Trust staff to influence the design of new policies, processes and projects in order to develop better service user experience and outcomes.

The judges felt that: “The dedication, achievements and impact of the group has provided an outstanding contribution to improving mental health care.”

Congratulations to everyone involved!