Mental health initiative of the year
Mental Health Initiative of the Year

How to apply

  1. Register an account.
  2. Start your entry (save it in-progress).
  3. Submit your entry to be in the running.

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For any questions, please contact Ryan Bessent

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One of the most vital aspects of care for our population is for those with mental health needs, which in many instances have become more acute throughout the covid-19 pandemic. When caring for someone experiencing mental ill health, there can be additional challenges in delivering safe care, for example managing a service user’s risk of self-harm, or ensuring a safe environment for staff and patients with minimal use of restrictive practices.

In line with the focus of the NHS Long Term Plan, a focus on patient safety and experience is driving changes in pathways, structures and the way services user interact with their treatment. This award will highlight initiatives which have delivered compassionate, efficient and most importantly safe services.

Eligibility

Judges are seeking projects that have demonstrably increased the safety and reliability of care for those with mental ill health, whether generally or for a specific condition or need. NHS providers of mental health services, both in primary and secondary care, and their partner organisations in the public sector are welcome to enter.

Ambition

  • Describe the context of mental health provision, including the various organisations involved within the project
  • What was the ambition for the project, and how was this new or different from existing best practice?
  • Outline the targets set for patient safety and quality improvement, and what measures were put in place to achieve them

Outcome

  • Clearly demonstrate the benefits of the initiative on quality of care, using quantitative evidence to show tangible positive impacts on the safe care of people with mental ill health.
  • Discuss any other positive outcomes that were a result of the initiative, which could include improved patient experience, waiting time reduction, capacity increase or optimised treatment pathways.
  • How effective was any collaboration with key colleagues, stakeholders, partners and patients?
  • Include patient and staff testimonials supporting the efficacy of the initiative.

Spread

  • Show how these improvements in provision of safe, high-quality care for mental health patients are replicable and scalable.
  • Outline the efforts made to share best practice, or examples of where this project has embedded and spread to other departments, settings or organisations.

Value

  • Clearly evidence how the initiative has improved value for patients and staff, in terms of patient experience, staff satisfaction and quality of care.
  • If possible, provide evidence of value creation in other areas, in terms of increased capacity, reduced costs, reduced variation and/or improved efficiencies.

Involvement

  • Show how patients were involved in decisions around their care, and their views were embedded in the design of the initiative
  • Display how other relevant parties were involved in the initiative, including families, carers, collaborating organisations, key stakeholders and staff, and how this has led to improved safety.
  • Provide testimonial evidence from all parties mentioned above on their experiences.

Mental Health Initiative of the Year

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Mental health initiative of the year
Mental Health Initiative of the Year

To find out more

Contact James Mowatt for information on how to get involved with the Patient Safety Awards 2020 on 0207 608 9095 or email at james.mowatt@wilmingtonhealthcare.com