Two Allied Health Professional (AHP) Assistants were named as winners in the national Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Awards for a reading for wellbeing therapy group delivered to patients on a low secure mental health inpatient unit in Shrewsbury.
Catherine Young and Alison Marshall work on Clee at the Redwoods Centre with men who have long standing, complex mental health needs who are often detained under the Mental Health Act. The reading for wellbeing therapy sessions have not only improved the health and wellbeing of the patients, but also led to the support workers developing their own leadership and group working skills which has had a positive impact on the whole service.
The Chief AHP Officer Awards highlight and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by allied health professionals to improving health, care and wellbeing for patients and communities.
Reading for wellbeing has been one of the most well received occupational therapy treatments. Participants enjoy the sessions which also help develop their speaking and listening skills and encourage them to pursue other interests and learning.
Rachel Mckeown, Director of Allied Health Professionals, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said “We are delighted that the work of our assistants has been recognised by the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer. The scheme has had enormous benefits for the service users on Clee and has also enabled the team to challenge the way different professionals work, improving the effectiveness and sustainability of the service”.
Pictured: (L to R) Suzanne Rastrick Chief Allied Health Professions Officer NHS England, Cathy Young, Clare Passey, Clinical Psychologist