South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is congratulating its staff who have been shortlisted at this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards.
The annual HSJ awards recognise projects and initiatives that deliver healthcare excellence and innovation. Over 1,300 entries were submitted to the awards this year and Trust teams were shortlisted in two categories.
The Trust’s Creative Minds initiative has been shortlisted in the Compassionate Patient Care category while clinical nurse specialist Paula Phillips made the final eleven in the Clinical Leader of the Year category.
Through the Creative Minds initiative, the Trust utilises creative approaches in health services, developing community partnerships and encouraging active participation by local people. Creative Minds gives participants greater choice in how they improve their health and wellbeing by offering activities such as music, poetry, football, walking, and gardening.
Being shortlisted recognises that Creative Minds is providing a different approach to mental health recovery and uses insight from patients and families to improve care.
Paula Phillips, who is clinical nurse specialist and service manager for the Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Wakefield, has been shortlisted for her innovative approach to reducing waiting times and increasing service user satisfaction, and for acting as an inspirational leader and role model to staff and colleagues.
Paula directly involved young people in plans to develop the service and used their feedback to make the service more flexible and centred around their needs, which attracted local, regional and national recognition.
Paula, who has also been shortlisted in the Nurse of the Year and Nurse Leader of the Year categories at the Nursing Times Awards, said: “I’m delighted that Wakefield Forensic CAMHS has been recognised once again at such a highly-regarded awards ceremony.”
Steven Michael OBE, chief executive of the Trust, said, “It is great news that staff and services at the Trust have been nationally recognised for their work to improve care for local people. For the Trust to be shortlisted twice for the awards is a great achievement and shows that we are at the forefront of innovative health services that have our service users in mind.”
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of community, mental health and learning disability services to people in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. The Trust also provides some medium secure (forensic) services to the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber.
To find out more about the Trust, visit www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk