Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2014

 On the evening of Thursday 23rd October 6 representatives from CWP CAMHS attended the Positive Practice in Mental Health 2014 awards held in Sheffield.  In tow were two nominees for two separate awards; Janet Owen, from Wirral CAMHS, nominated for the “Mental Health Administrator award” and CWP CAMHS’ MyMind website and twitter account ran by Lesley Dougan for “Innovation in CAMHS award”. In support of the two nominees and in attendance to represent CWP CAMHS were Tim McDougall (nurse consultant/clinical director tier 4 CAMHS) and  Alison Gibbins (primary mental health worker) Colette Miller (primary mental health worker) and Rachel Pulham (assistant psychologist) from Wirral CAMHS.

The evening was led by Tony Russell (founder of the positive practice in mental health awards) and his wife Angie Russell with support of some big and influential names in the Mental Health Service. Simon Stevens (chief executive of NHS England) opened the night with a few words about the “brilliant innovations and excellent services in mental health” across England. He also remarked that although there is more that needs to be done, the key to improving the NHS is to celebrate the achievements of the teams and individuals who make a difference through their energy and commitment, and for them to succeed and others to follow in their footsteps. Some other key note speakers were Dr Mark Porter (general practitioner, medical correspondent tv/radio personality) and Norman Lamb MP (minister for care and support).This year there were 15 awards available, 12 awards recognising team excellence in mental health and 3 awards recognising a single individual’s impact.

Judges had shortlisted 5 amazing projects for the “Innovation in CAMHS award” which our very own My Mind website was nominated for, others nominated were; Nottingham NHS Trust “Harmless” – “a user-led service that provides support, information, training and consultancy to those who self-harm, Great Ormond Street Hospitals’ “Breathe Magic” – “a pioneering new way of improving communication, social skills and self-efficacy  for young people with a range of mental health problems through the use of magic and performing arts”, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS “Peer Support Workers” – “The peer support pilot project provided the vehicle to support improvements in the nationally recognised barrier in transitions at the crossroads of transition from CAMHS to AMHS” and Lancashire Tier 4 CAMHS inpatient service. All the above innovations were so deserving of their nominations, however there had to be a winner! The award was given to ….Harmless! Unfortunately we did not win BUT our fantastic MyMind website and twitter feed received “Highly Commended” award!

Our other nomination was for “Mental Health Administrator” which our Tier 2 Administrator had been nominated for – reasons including “her experienced, kind, contained and supportive nature”, regularly “surpassing her expected job role” and “that no job is too big, no issue too small”. Out of thirty prospective entries, three were shortlisted – one of these being our very own Janet Owen. Unfortunately Jan was not successful in winning the category BUT was also “Highly Commended”!

The night was a complete success, with all credit to Tony and Angie Russell. The night allowed for networking and sharing of good practice across England, and identifying what we are doing right in our mental health services!

Well done to Janet Owen, Lesley Dougan and the MyMind Steering Group for their amazing energy and commitment to our mental health service!

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