Shining star Oliver among CPFT staff shortlisted for national awards

Twenty-one year-old will join his team, staff from eating disorders ward, and health visitors at final of children's mental health honours

Shining star Oliver among CPFT staff shortlisted for national awards
18 April 2019


Peer support worker Oliver Ayres – who helps young people recover from mental health issues after overcoming his own challenges - is among a number of staff from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation who have been shortlisted for national awards.

Oliver has been named as a finalist in the Shining Star category in the National Children and Young People’s Mental Health Awards.

The 21-year-old works for CPFT’s Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Peterborough.

In a double delight for Oliver, he and his colleagues from the Peer Support Worker Team who operate alongside CPFT’s CAMHS teams in Peterborough, Huntingdon and Cambridge helping young people have also been shortlisted in the Transitions category.

In further joy for CPFT, the Phoenix Centre (pictured below) which treats young people with eating disorders has been shortlisted in the Inpatient category while staff from the Trust’s health visiting service in Peterborough, who use video guides to help parents improve their own confidence and their relationships with their children, have been named as a finalist in the Parents and Babies category.

Rachel Hawkins, associate director of CPFT’s Children, Young People’s and Families directorate, said: “Everyone at the Trust is delighted that Oliver and our teams have been shortlisted for these awards. Our staff are dedicated to providing the best possible support to children, young people and their families, and to have their work recognised on a national level is a real boost for everyone involved.”

Oliver’s work was highlighted last year in a report by experts from the International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University which examined the benefits of peer support workers.

In the report Oliver explained how he had received support from CAMHS in Peterborough when he was 14. Four years later after meeting a peer support worker at CPFT’s Recovery College East, he decided he wanted to help other young people who face similar challenges to the ones he had overcome.

He said: “I am now working for that same team who supported me in my time of need and helped me rebuild my life.
“My role within CAMHS has been extremely rewarding. The team has been immensely supportive of me and my role. The comments from the young people that I work with when they find out that I too have received support from CAMHS echo how I felt when I first met a peer support worker. Peer support instilled hope into me and my role now is instilling hope in others.”

The National Children and Young People’s Mental Health Awards, run by Positive Practice in Mental Health, received submissions from health organisations from across the country. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Stoke-on-Trent on 11 May.

CPFT provides mental health services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and children’s community health services in Peterborough. The Trust also provides community health services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for older people and those with long-term conditions.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Media Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467

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