Sunderland Crisis team hailed Psychiatric Team of the Year. @NTWNHS

The Hopewood Park Crisis and Inpatient team have beaten off strong competition to win the Psychiatric Team of the Year Award.

The team, from the Working Age Adult Service, is made up of experienced mental health staff, which includes nurses, social workers, psychiatrists and pharmacy staff were awarded the accolade in recognition of the pioneering approach taken in providing services to patients.

In 2014, Consultant Psychiatrists from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) developed an innovative method to roster medical staff in such a way that direct provision could be provided seven days per week.  Since it was implemented, the service has and delivered key improvements across a number of clinical areas, such as direct care, out of hours leadership, junior doctors supervision and patients satisfaction.

Dr Neeraj Berry, Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director, NTW, said: “As a team we can now provide urgent response seven days a week and all the evidence shows that having greater consultant involvement in decisions in urgent situations improves outcomes for the patient. I’m incredibly proud of everyone in the team that has made this work.”

Now in their ninth year, the RCPsych award is in recognition of the pivotal role that psychiatric teams play in improving or innovating psychiatric services and care for working age adults and looks at service development, good teamwork and evidence of improvement resulting from the team’s work.   The award was presented by the Rev Richard Coles at a ceremony in London on Monday, 6 November.