Working in partnership

For teams or individuals who work in partnership with other professionals or agencies and have collaborated to achieve the best outcomes for people who use our services.

Trevor Wyer (winner)
Support Planner, Social Inclusion and Recovery Service, Psychosis CAG

Trevor is the Lewisham football group lead. The sessions enable people who disengage with services to become physically active, engage in their community, increase their wellbeing and improve their recovery. Trevor was nominated for encouraging players to adopt a healthy lifestyle, improve their  fitness, attend a gym and train together.

Judges said: “Trevor approached Millwall FC and managed to secure on-going funding for the team. Millwall provide the yearly subscription, providing free use of their pitch for training and funded the team’s kit."

“Trevor’s work with Millwall and the FA has helped reduce the stigma and discrimination felt by our service users when accessing mainstream activities. Trevor has also helped to create a mental health football league in London.”

Trevor said: “Through the group people become friends, socialise together and travel all over London. It is football, but it’s so much more. I’m inspired by the service users, seeing them progress and move on, using the group to help get people into education and volunteering.”

Alice Glover Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Lead, Psychological Medicine and Integrated Care CAG

Alice has been nominated for her excellent work in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

Judges said: “It is clear that Alice’s work with service users has changed the contribution that they make to the trust and has changed practice within services."

“Alice has developed tools that are used across services to try and ensure patients receive not only the best care but also consistent care across the trust. Alice is a role model within PPI. The service users and carers who are involved in the assurance visits know how valuable their work is.”

Jane Bunclark, who nominated Alice said: “Alice goes far beyond her primary task in including service user/carers voices in all aspect of service delivery, design and the CAG’s thinking about care. Thanks to Alice’s support and passion she ensures lived experience is included in a real (not nominal) manner.”

Parental Mental Health Team, Child and Adolescent Mental Health CAG

This Southwark based team provides an innovative, nurse led service for parents who experience a wide range of mental health problems and who have children under the age of five. The team offers a range of support including one-to-one and group interventions.

The team have strong partnerships with local services, training their staff to develop the skills and understanding they need to work more effectively with families who experience mental health problems.

Colleagues said: “The team are champions of the organisation’s arts strategy. They have built strong links with local arts organisations such as South London Gallery, Unicorn Theatre, and children’s centres and work closely with vulnerable families to overcome the stigma surrounding being a parent with mental illness.”

“The team has excellent clinical and communication skills. Much of this work is multi-agency and requires a sensitive and understanding approach all of which the team achieves in order to successfully work with the families and other professionals.”

Judges said: “This service offers a unique specialist service that takes place within the local community. The team is clearly contributing to our work with vulnerable families and helps to reduce
stigma through social inclusion and by increasing understanding of what some of the issues are for families who face difficulty. It also acts as an early warning system to try and ensure support is increased where necessary.”

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