Transformation Programme Wins Health Service Journal Award

24th November 2016

We are proud to have won the Acute, Community and/or Primary Care Services Redesign category at the 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

For 35 years the HSJ Awards have recognised, celebrated, and promoted the finest achievements in the NHS, and showcased them to the service’s most influential leaders.

SHSC’s transformation programme, Transforming Acute Mental Health Care in Sheffield, 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 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.

Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that our work on transforming acute mental health care has been acknowledged at a national level.  It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and the services users who are working with us on this programme.  I am very proud of the positive recognition we are receiving for our commitment to co-production with service users.”

Dr Mike Hunter, Executive Medical Director, said: “We are fully committed to creating models of care which support service users’ recovery in their home city.  Regular contact with carers, friends and family members are a key factor in service user recovery and by designing our services we are making sure that service users are able to be supported with their recovery journey as close to home as possible.  To know that the people of Sheffield no longer risk out of city admission for acute care is a great feeling.”