Three Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) services have been recognised nationally for prestigious awards by the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative (PPiMH) and the Health Service Journal (HSJ).
HPFT’s Chief Executive Tom Cahill said: “I’m so proud of our staff being recognised nationally for their outstanding work. It’s not just about the awards – it’s about great people doing great things for our service users.”
Team members of the Wellbeing team outside Lister Hospital’s Mental Health Unit
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service is providing an integrated service with West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust and the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust for people living with long term conditions like diabetes. The team is already the regional champion in the Excellence in Mental Health Care category from the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards and has now won the IAPT award at the PPiMH awards.
Dr Peggy Postma, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead Hertfordshire Wellbeing (IAPT) Service said: “I’m immensely proud of our IAPT Wellbeing team winning the final this year. The team beat tough competition from many other worthy entries from all around the country. It recognises the hard work this dedicated team puts in every day and the difference our therapists are making to people’s lives.
“Mental health problems are so often overlooked in people with long term conditions but if left untreated, they can significantly affect someone’s ability to manage their physical health conditions and this can have catastrophic consequences. Outcomes so far are impressive, with 62% of people recovering from anxiety and depression. We’ve also seen a 45% drop in GP appointments, which suggests that people are managing their physical health more effectively following successful mental health therapies.”
Team members of the Community Perinatal team at the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards
The Community Perinatal team has been Highly Commended at the PPiMH awards for creating a dynamic new team supporting women in Hertfordshire who are either experiencing or at risk of developing a range of mental illnesses, as well as their babies and families from pre-conception to the baby’s first birthday.
Dr Sarah Cohen, Consultant Psychiatrist said: “I’m thrilled the team has been recognised in this way. It reflects the dedication and commitment of the team, and the positive impact the team is having to hundreds of mothers, babies and families in Hertfordshire at this crucial time in their lives.”
Members of May Contain Nuts at the 2018 Advancing Healthcare Awards
“May Contain Nuts” is a theatre company set up to offer continued support for service users who have completed Dramatherapy. The company won the Guardian Award for Innovation in Mental Health Services at the 2018 Advancing Healthcare Awards (AHA) earlier this year. It has now been shortlisted by the HSJ for their Innovation in Mental Health Award. The overall winners will be announced in November.