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Staff at two wards at St George’s Hospital, Stafford which offer care for adults with acute mental health needs have been recognised for providing excellent patient care.

Chebsey House and Brocton House have created a shared vision and consistent objectives, reducing variation for service users. By working together, staff have increased the availability of psychological therapies and other groups and activities for people receiving inpatient treatment which has helped to reduce the length of time people need to stay in hospital. The positive culture encourages staff to complete training and development and contribute ideas for improvement. This has also supported recruitment, with no vacancies for qualified staff currently.

The Midlands Partnership Better Together Awards are designed to recognise exceptional contributions to service, by individuals and teams, by clinical and non clinical staff. Over 165 nominations were received for the 9 awards and following a rigorous process, supported by some of the Trust’s Governor Members and service users, the best entries were shortlisted, only finding out if they were winners on the night.

The Service Excellence Award recognises a team which has demonstrated excellent patient care and implementation of high quality, safe, accessible and sustainable services.

380 local NHS staff attended the event, held on 8 November 2018 at the Staffordshire County Showground, which is also an important opportunity for sharing good practice and helping staff to understand their role in the wider service. Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides physical and mental health, learning disability and adult social care services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Shropshire, but also psychological therapies; drug and alcohol services in prisons; and care for serving MOD personnel across the country.

Neil Carr, Chief Executive said “One of the Trust’s core objectives is to make this a fantastic place to work where staff feel positive and proud to be part of the organisation. We know that we cannot deliver effective services without well trained and supported staff and believe that offering real recognition in the form of this awards ceremony has a real part to play in creating an enthusiastic, committed and confident workforce.”