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Gold HSJ partnership award win for Trust

We are delighted to announce that along with South East London Mind and Mind in Bexley we have won Gold in HSJ’s 2024 Partnership awards in the Best Not-for-Profit category for our work with the South East London Suicide Bereavement Service. 

The win was announced in front of the 188 finalists during an impressive ceremony at Evolution London, on Thursday 21 March, hosted by comedian Miles Jupp.  

The SE London Suicide Bereavement Service, which opened in 2021, provides vital emotional and practical support to people who have lost a loved one to suicide.  

Those bereaved in this way are at greater risk of dying by suicide themselves, so the project aims to reduce the risk of further deaths in this vulnerable group by means of preventive work.  

Support is person-centred, flexible and non-judgemental, while recognising the importance of managing risk effectively and compassionately. 

David Bradley, Chief Executive of South London and Maudsley, said: 

We are incredibly honoured to receive this award. It is a testament to our commitment to work in partnership and I am proud of our team for all the work they are doing to support those who have lost a loved one to suicide.   

This recognition inspires us to keep building on our success to give our communities the help they need.

Amy Kirk-Smith, service manager for South East London Suicide Bereavement Service, said: “The HSJ Award recognises the dedication and expertise of our staff and our partner organisations. This gold award signifies that the South East London Suicide Bereavement Service is delivering exceptional care to those who need it most. It takes a special kind of person to work in this field; this award is a credit to the amazing staff team, who approach their challenging work with such commitment and compassion.

“We would like to dedicate this award to the late Cameron Langlands, who was so valued in this partnership and without whom the service would not be where it is today."

This year a panel of 91 judges rigorously assessed entries across 28 categories, which reflected the breadth and depth of collaborative efforts in UK healthcare. 

Entries were welcomed from private and third sector organisations delivering services and projects in partnership with the NHS. 

NHS organisations were also able to submit in partnership with a private or third sector organisation.  

This year, categories included recognition for best acute partnership, best not for profit, best mental health partnership, best healthtech partnership and most impactful project addressing health inequalities.  

The silver award went to Port Vale Foundation, North Staffordshire Combined Trust & Stoke City Community Trust for Football Communities Combined, with bronze going to Parkinson’s UK & NHS Trusts across the UK for Bone Health Improvement In Parkinson’s. 

To access this service, please visit the South London and Maudsley NHS Suicide Bereavement Service.

Photo Left to right: Miles Jupp: comedian (presented awards); Ian Pearce, Suicide Bereavement Service Community Chaplain, SLaM; Ade Odunlade, SLaM Chief Operating Officer; Amy Kirk-Smith, Service Manager; Laura Hurley-Barrett, Bereavement Counsellor; Grainne Bellenie, Lead for Equalities and Health Inequalities, NHS England (Category judge).

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