Our staff are stars!
We know that they are the cornerstone of the organisation and each year we recognise their dedication and commitment at our Quality Awards.
The Quality Awards is a celebration of our staff and the work they do on a daily basis to deliver safe, high quality NHS mental health services to our patients.
And it's not just us who thinks our staff are great. As a leading mental health Trust we have won, and been nominated for, a series of leading quality awards.
In November, we celebrated a very successful evening at the prestigious Nursing Times Awards 2017 and the London Health Innovation Awards, winning multiple awards.
At the Nursing Times Awards, the Lotus Assessment Suite won the 'Nursing in Mental Health Award' and our Wandsworth BACSS was shortlisted in the 'Care of Older People Award.'
The Trust's new Psychiatric Decision Unit, The Lotus Assessment Suite, was opened by Justine Greening MP in November 2016 and is an innovative new unit which helps to improve the overall experience of mental health patients in crisis; reducing the demand on A&E departments locally. The safe and calm environment allows staff to undertake in-depth and informed assessments od more complex patients who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
And our Wandsworth Behaviour and Communication Support Service (BACSS)Wandsworth BACSS also won an award - and extra funding - at the London Health Innovation Awards for improving depression in older people care homes.
This funding from the grant will be used to improve the management of treatment of depression in older people residing in care homes by teaching staff to improve their confidence and ability to identify symptoms of depression
In October, the Trust won the silver award in the European Digital Impact Awards for the 'Best use of digital to an internal audience' category, beating stiff competition from the private and public sector for the project to redevelop our intranet (inSIte).
And the success looks set to continue as, in December, we were shortlisted for another national award in this year's National Children and Young People’s Mental Health Positive Practice Awards.
The Trust has a been shortlisted in the Partnership Working/ Co-Production Category for the Debating Mental Health project, which ran November 16-April 17.The project, devised by SWLSTG CAMHS Participation Officer, Laura Tyrrell, was a partnership with the English-Speaking Union, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the London and South East CYPIAPT Learning collaborative and came about as a result of conversations with young people who said that mental health services are getting quite good at offering young people opportunities to be heard, but not so good at equipping them with the skills they felt they needed to access those opportunities and make the most of them. They decided that they wanted to improve skills including organisation, public speaking, persuasive speaking and were fully involved in the direction of the programme