Winners and Highly Commended for the Innovation in CAMHS Award

The following are the winners and the highly commended nominations for the CAMHS Award, there were so many excellent nominations that the number of highly commended nominations was extended:-


Harmless – Nottingham.  A user led service that provides support, information, training and consultancy to those who self harm (or are at risk of), their friends and families, carers SONY DSCand professionals.  They deliver therapeutic interventions for people who self harm from the age of 11+.  Established in October 2007, Harmless set out to provide a self harm service which gave service users a sense of hope and empowerment alongside giving them a voice in the development. Since its initiation, Harmless has continued to build a strong reputation across the UK and is now a leading organisation in the field of self harm. In 2012 we were awarded The Queen’s Award for voluntary service (equivalent to an MBE) for our work within the community. We work in partnership with existing healthcare providers, both statutory and voluntary, to provide a range of services around the issue of self harm.;


Breathe Magic – Great Ormond Street Hospital.  They are a pioneering new way of improving communication, social skills and self-efficacy for young people with a range of mental health problems, through the innovative use of magic and the performing arts. The project has been designed in collaboration with Magic Circle magicians, clinical staff working within an inpatient mental health unit, academics in the field of child neurology and young mental health service-users. It is a bespoke programme that uses specially selected and scaled magic tricks and performing skills as a creative tool to enable young people with mental health problems to engage with their health and wellbeing in a fun and playful way, while at the same time being highly effective.  For a short film of the Breathe Magic @ GOSH programme, please visit: ;


Peer Support Workers, CAMHS Service – Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.  They are the first NHS Trust in the UK to employ Peer Support Workers specifically  to support transitions between Child and Adolescent MentalSONY DSC Health Services and Adult Mental Health Services.  The peer support pilot project provided the vehicle to support improvements in the nationally recognised barriers in transitions at the crossroads of transition from CAMHS to AMHS, research has highlighted the difficulties young people and their families experience in navigating the transition. It can be a very anxious time for young people and their loved ones not only due to the changes associated with moving to a different service but it also comes at a time in a young person’s life where they themselves are experiencing transition to adulthood. Previous research into the efficacy of peer support suggests both service users and service providers experience benefits from the presence of PSWs.;


Lancashire Tier 4 CAMHS Inpatient Service – Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.  The service has been designed in partnership with young people and families to ensure everything about it reflects their needs and views.  The service is on 2 sites The Platform and The Junction and provides psychiatric inpatient care for young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years throughout Lancashire, Blackpool ,Blackburn with Darwen and South Cumbria. Further examples of the difference this service makes is the work of the Participation Team which is made up of staff, and young people and parents all working in partnership to action plan towards continual improvement. This involves young people being on all interview panels for staff recruitment, developing and providing training internally and with partner agencies. The young people and parents meet together with the management team regularly to action plan the NHS and internal standards. The Participation work recently was awarded the NHS England Excellence in Participation Award.;

HIGHLY COMMENDED –   – Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This is an innovative website and twitter account developed for young people by young people in partnership with the NHS Trust CAMHS Service and it is constantly changing and evolving. It was developed through a process of graphic facilitation – please see the “Headstrong” SONY DSCreport which documents the process from beginning to end, demonstrated true inclusion and participation: The website aims to provide information to young people with emotional or mental health difficulties and their families. It has information about accessing CAMHS and what to expect as well as links to other services. It has resources for young people and their families as well as professionals to support young people before they access services and when they have been discharged.;



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