Double delight as CPFT initiatives recognised

Psychological Wellbeing Service and Promise Project shortlisted for top awards

Double delight as CPFT initiatives recognised
07 April 2016

Two initiatives launched by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted for prestigious awards.

The Psychological Wellbeing Service - which has helped nearly 12,000 people to overcome stress, anxiety and depression in just seven months - and the Promise Project - a new mental healthcare vision which has attracted world-wide attention - are through to the finals of the Value In Healthcare Awards.

Run by the industry magazine the Health Service Journal, the awards aim to recognise outstanding improvements and clinical excellence. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manchester on 24 May.

Aidan Thomas, Chief Executive of CPFT, which provides mental and community health care, said: “I am delighted that both the Psychological Wellbeing Service and the Promise Project have been shortlisted in the Value In Healthcare Awards.
“They are initiatives which have the treatment and care of patients at their core, and everyone at CPFT wishes them every success for the finals.”

The Psychological Wellbeing Service, which has been shortlisted in the Community Heath Service Redesign category, was relaunched in September when people were given the opportunity to refer themselves directly for treatment rather than go via their GP.

By the end of March – just seven months after the relaunch - 11,867 people had entered treatment.

Anyone living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, who is registered with a GP, can self-refer to the service, which is led by Dr James Clarke (right). Treatments available include individual therapy, guided self-help, group sessions including training in Mindfulness, a range of psychotherapy courses and online options.

Alternatively, the service can be contacted by calling 0300 300 0055. The lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. People can also visit the Trust website www.cpft.nhs.uk to find out more.

The Promise Project, shortlisted in the Mental Health category, The Promise Project restates the Trust’s commitment to helping service-users towards recovery.

Devised by Dr Manaan Kar-Ray, clinical director of adult services at CPFT, and expert-by-experience Sarah Rae (pictured), it also aims to end the use of physical intervention of mental health patients – a pledge which is already attracting attention from across the world.

Physical intervention is considered a last resort in mental health care and are only used by staff to help contain the distress of a patient who is potentially a risk to themselves or others. But the practice – which can include face-down restraint – has come under intense scrutiny.

CPFT is working with the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University on a study looking at the impact of restraint on both patients and staff, and how proactive care can be used prevent such situations.

At the signing of a special charter in October last year, organisations including Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, Mind, Cambridgeshire Police, University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University pledged to support the Promise Project. It also has the backing of the prestigious Yale University in Connecticut, USA, along with others in Brisbane, Prague and Cape Town as well as the World Psychiatric Association.

In March, the Promise Project was named the winner of the Strengthening The Foundation category at the finals of the Patient Experience Awards. To find out more visit www.promise.global


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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