A local physiotherapist has been appointed to a national programme aimed at improving the quality of life for the 17.8 million people living with the pain and disability of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions in the UK.
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) has been successfully selected to introduce Mental Health Support teams in a trailblazing government programme which will put mental health experts into schools and colleges across the country.
The team on Oak Ward at the Redwoods Centre in Shrewsbury has been shortlisted for a national award. The hospital avoidance programme, which began as a pilot scheme in March 2016 has continued to grow and develop and has been recognised in the inaugural National Older People’s Mental Health and Dementia Awards.
In its first inspection by the Care Quality Commission, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust received a Good rating overall and wards for older people with mental health problems were rated as outstanding in the effective domain.
Karen Fidgett is a Patient Environment Lead at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She has been shortlisted in the Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards for providing a voice for those who find it difficult to speak for themselves and being a real advocate for people who use the Trust’s services.
Steve Martin is a Unit Manager/Matron at St George’s Hospital in Stafford and manages two inpatient wards for adults with acute mental illness. He has been shortlisted for a prestigious, national Health Education England, Healthcare, Education And Training (HEAT) Award.