The following are the winners and highly commended nominations for the Integrating Mental and Physical Healthcare Award supported by King’s Health Partners, there were so many exceptional entries this year, that the number of highly commended nominations in this category has been increased to five:-
The Psychological Medicine Service (PMS) – Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. This is a service based at The Royal Oldham Hospital, which promoted a bio-psychosocial approach to service users’ care thereby improving the psychological care of those with physical illness. There are two aspects of the service – one is delivered primarily from the hospital site, while the other provides services to Pennine Musculoskeletal Partnership Ltd which is an integrated clinical assessment and treatment service for musculoskeletal disorders. PMS also provides a community based psychology service for stroke patients.
A) The hospital aspect of PMS helps physically unwell service users with psycho-social distress associated with their physical health. PMS helps physically unwell service users with psycho-social distress (including psychiatric disorders) associated with their physical health. B) The Pennine MSK (PMSK) aspect of our service provides psychological/psychiatric input to the service users with musculoskeletal conditions. We offer interventions to address their psychological and psychiatric needs (including mental health co-morbidities like associated depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, PTSD, phobia, sleep problems etc) as well as to contribute in pain management by psychological approaches.;
HIGHLY COMMENDED –
Living Well Programme – Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust. Living Well is a solution focussed collaboration between patients with long term health conditions and the psychology service of the acute hospital Trust. It aims to enable participants to improve their mental well-being and hence quality of life whilst living with a chronic health condition or disability. The programme comprises a five week group course for up to 12 people, designed and delivered by patient tutors and a monthly drop in follow up meeting. Attendees, volunteers and paid staff have all found the experience of working together as very uplifting and inspiring. Qualitative and quantitative feedback has been extremely positive. Many attendees have ‘graduated’ to being volunteers for the programme which continues to grow and develop over time.;
HIGHLY COMMENDED –
Bristol Boxfit – Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust. Bristol Boxfit has been set up by a local partnership of staff in a fitness and boxing gym, and physiotherapists (active life trainers) in local mental health services funded by the NHS and City Council. It has provide a major focus in a particularly deprived part of the city on developing healthier physical lifestyles as being a central part of improving mental health for sections of the community who have not traditionally engaged well with mainstream mental health services. The Boxfit Project runs weekly sessions, in a boxing gym in the inner city of Bristol, jointly delivered by a professional boxing and fitness trainer, and a clinician member of local mental health services. Service users have been recruited mainly from teams in the city such as Early Intervention in Psychosis, as well as Recovery Teams, Primary Care and local voluntary sector and community groups.;
HIGHLY COMMENDED –
The Football and Music Project (FAM) – Key Changes, London and Arsenal FC in the Community. This project is targeted at young BAME males using mental health services in Islington, North London. It promotes both physical and mental health through weekly football practice led by trained Arsenal FC coaches, followed by music sessions led by professional musicians and producers in fully-equipped rehearsal and recording studios. The participants have recently written and produced a team song to promote the project and reflect their experiences and aspirations youtube.com/keychanges
The project has made a real difference to participants on a number of levels. It has promoted physical fitness and wellbeing to over 30 young men experiencing severe and enduring mental illnesses through engaging them in culturally relevant leisure interests which are common to them as a group, namely football and music. It has brought together a group of people who are normally isolated from mainstream life and has united both service users and sport and music professionals in positive activities. The benefits of social inclusion, and physical and creative endeavour, have aided service users’ recovery, through enhancement of their social, emotional and technical skills and facilitated positive changes in behaviour and wellbeing.;
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One Stop Shop – Guys and St Thomas Young Adults Diabetes Service. This service has developed a One Stop Shop initiative, offering an integrated physical and mental health service for young adults aged between 16-23 living with diabetes. The rationale of the clinic is to provide a one stop shop in which psychological care is part of the routine package of diabetes care. There is also access from the clinic to a Diabetes Podiatrist, and to Diabetes Eye Screening. Within the team it has been widely remarked that the difficulties our young people present with are 10% diabetes and 90% social and emotional, consequently diabetes self-care would not improve until we addressed the underlying psychological difficulties.
The Young Adults Diabetes Service offers a twice monthly multi-disciplinary clinic within secondary care, and a monthly virtual clinic to discuss complex cases.;