A team supporting older adults with functional mental illness has been highly commended at the “National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards”.

A team supporting older adults with functional mental illness has been highly commended at the “Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards”.

 

These national awards celebrate the innovative and inspiring work being done across the country to make a difference to the lives of those experiencing mental ill health.

The Trust’s older person’s functional community mental health team, based at Lustrum Vale in Stockton on-Tees, was recognised for the outstanding initiatives they have consistently put in place to improve patient care. These have included implementing the purposeful and productive community services initiative, a functional pathway and leadership supercells.

The team have also used the Trust’s quality improvement system to address issues with the uptake and use of therapy, variation in provision, delays in starting this and patients disengaging from the process.

Dr Mani Krishnan, acting senior clinical director, mental health services for older people (MHSOP) Trustwide, said “As a Trust we put service users’ at the centre of all we do. The team are committed to providing the best service possible for the people they support and have worked tirelessly to make sure people in Stockton receive timely, effective, and efficient person centred care.

“It is an amazing achievement to have been highly commended in these national awards and our staff should be proud of the difference they make to service users, their families and carers.”