Partnership working excellence

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Mental health liaison team, Calderdale and Kirklees

The team have worked proactively with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in order to develop robust partnership working to reduce the number of times that patients present at the A&E departments. This required the need to develop new ways of working so that patient outcomes could be improved and acute services used appropriately. The scheme required a reduction of 20% in attendance rates over a one year period – in one A&E the team achieved a 53% reduction and on the other site they achieved a 39% reduction. This was done through referring and encouraging patients to engage in appropriate community services in order to improve their health outcomes.

Highly commended

Getting physical with Theatre Royal, Newhaven and Newton Lodge occupational therapy team

The occupational therapy teams from Newhaven and Newton Lodge worked in partnership with Theatre Royal Wakefield to produce a fantastic piece of physical theatre which was performed in the sports hall at Newton Lodge in front of peers and staff. Staff and service users put themselves into scenarios which were challenging and demanding of themselves personally and professionally to produce something which was a credit to their dedication and passion. Each individual grew throughout the process to become much more confident in their own skills as well as their ability to take the fear and anxiety of a situation and use this creatively and in collaboration with others.

Newhaven learning disability team, addressing complex needs

A service user with complex physical and mental health needs was transferred from an out of area assessment and treatment unit because they were struggling to meet his mental and physical health needs and manage the risks he was presenting to staff. The service user suffered from a learning disability, autism and a mood disorder. The service user’s physical health deteriorated a few months after the admission, and there were concerns that his life was at risk. The team sought advice and input from a number of experts from within and outside the service, and succeeded in turning the situation around. With the inputs, the service user’s physical health stabilised, his engagement improved, and his mood brightened.


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