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Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is delighted to have presented to the judging panel of the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Mental Health Trust of the Year Award 2020 today. Shortlisting took place last year and recognises MPFT’s outstanding contribution to healthcare.

MPFT, which is one of six Trusts shortlisted for the award, provides a vast range of physical and mental health, learning disability and adult social care services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin and was shortlisted for this award based on the recognition that it provides excellent, patient-centred care built on strong engagement between clinicians within and beyond the organisation.

The presentation, delivered by Managing Director of Children and Families Care Group, Claire Bailey; Managing Director of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Care Group, Cathy Riley and Chief Executive, Neil Carr, focused on three reasons why MPFT should be the HSJ Mental Health Provider of the Year: its effective partnership working, the empowerment of service users and carers and its innovative, evidence based and accredited services.

The Trust representatives were supported by video clips from users, carers or staff from three core services:

  • Children and Young People’s Autism Service, which has reduced the waiting time for assessment in South Staffordshire from 75 weeks to 12 weeks
  • Shropshire’s community early intervention in Psychosis service, the first to be accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Shropshire’s hospital avoidance for Dementia service, part of a group of services rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

Managing Director Children and Families Care Group Claire Bailey said, “I am proud that one of the Children and Families care group’s services has been showcased in today's presentation. Our staff have worked hard with our partners to implement improvements in the Autism service and with great enthusiasm, despite the added challenges that Covid-19 has brought. MPFT’s shortlisting for mental health provider of the year is testament to their commitment to deliver high quality services for our service users.” 

Managing Director Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Care Group Cathy Riley said, “I am proud to have been able to participate in this presentation which demonstrates the fantastic work that is happening across MPFT and to showcase two of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin care group’s services. Our accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Outstanding rating from the CQC are important as it increases the confidence of service users and carers in the quality of the services provided by our staff.”

Chief Executive Neil Carr said, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award which recognises the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff members and their commitment to fulfilling our mission of making lives better for our communities. Our presentation reflected the continued hard work and dedication of staff over the past year, and in particular the innovation and flexibility demonstrated in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. To be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement and offers a great boost to morale at this challenging time.”

The judging panel was made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community.

Now in its 40th year, the HSJ Awards is the largest annual benchmarking and recognition programme for healthcare. Through a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process the awards produce a roll call of the best organisations, teams and people in the NHS and the wider health sector.

MPFT will know whether it has been successful at a virtual awards ceremony, which is due to be held 17 March 2021.

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