CERT team scoop national award

5th July 2019
CERT team

Our Community Enhancing Recovery Team (CERT) were named Team of the Year at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019 last night. The awards, the profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence, attracted almost 700 entries this year.

The nurse-led team provides intensive rehabilitation and recovery support for people with mental illness who previously resided in locked, out-of-area mental health hospitals.

Working alongside South Yorkshire Housing Association, CERT provide health and social care support to people in their own home, which means they can live close to family and friends.

So far more than 50 patients have been able to leave locked rehabilitation placements thanks to the team’s support, with most now living independently.

As well as transforming patients’ lives, the number of out-of-area treatment bed nights has been reduced by 99%, and there has been a significant reduction in emergency department attendances and hospital admissions.

The reductions in out-of-area placements now fund the team, who have delivered additional savings of £500,000.

Debbie Creaser, Team Leader at CERT, said: "To have picked up this award at this prestigious event is beyond words. It is an incredible acknowledgement of all the hard work of the staff and the service users we work with."

Caroline Shuldham, Chair of the RCNi editorial advisory board, was one of the judges. She said: "The CERT team have a wide view of health that encompasses key factors such as housing, education and employment. They took on the challenge of developing a multi-professional team, designing an innovative approach and establishing partnerships with other organisations including a housing association."