Four Teams Shortlisted for National Awards

31st July 2017

Staff at the Trust are celebrating after four teams are announced as finalists in the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2017.

Wainwright Respite and Recovery Service and the Transforming Acute Care programme are both finalists in the Acute and Crisis Services category.  Wainwright Respite and Recovery Service  provides citywide service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support adults with mental health needs.  It provides high quality specialist respite including planned respite and over recent years the service has piloted and then introduced a step-down service.  The step-down service is a bridge back into the community for service users, a stepping stone on the way to recovery.

The Transforming Acute Care programme has created a new care pathway from the community right through to developing a new, purpose-built psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) which opened earlier this year.  As part of this work discharge co-ordinators and psychologists are now based on each ward, a new team (the Functional Intensive Community Service) has been created for home treatment for older adults in crisis, a Crisis House was commissioned and the crisis and home treatment teams for adults were enhanced.  This work has resulted in substantially reduced lengths of hospital stays and, most importantly, no one has been sent out of city due to lack of bed availability for acute adult beds for the last 2 years.

The Community Enhancing Recovery Team (CERT) are finalists in the Partnership Working to Reduce Mental Health Inequalities category.  Since the creation of the CERT Team over 40 service users have returned to Sheffield from locked rehabilitation placements out of city.  The majority of these are now living independently in their own homes in the community in Sheffield.  All service users have access to support from South Yorkshire Housing Association, our partner organisation, through the LivingWell scheme.

The Quality Improvement Team are finalists in the Quality Improvement category.  The Quality Improvement Team was established in 2015 to deliver and support the development of a Quality Improvement culture within the Trust. Recently the Quality Improvement Team have been supported with this by input from an expert by experience – supporting our training delivering, our coaching service and our drive to increase the use of co-production (with service users and carers) across the Trust when looking at Quality Improvement work.

Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that four of our teams are being acknowledged at a national level. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff in these teams and the service users who are working with them to make all our services better.”

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 12 October 2017 in Blackpool.