05 December 2014

AWP Leaders win NHS awards

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Three AWP staff have been  voted winners of the 2014 South West NHS Leadership Recognition awards and will go through to the National finals in March. 

Lynda Hughes Occupational Therapist and Manager of the Forget Me Not Centre, which supports people with early onset dementia, has won the Patient Champion of the year award and Dr Anthony Harrison and Dr Bill Bruce-Jones - Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist/ Clinical Director have won the South West NHS Innovator of the Year award  for their work in the field of suicide prevention.

Lynda is described by a colleague as having 'patient champion' running through her practice like a stick of rock!  Rather than focussing on the difficulties of including people with dementia in decision making, she encourages and supportsthem to make a meaningful and valuable contribution, with servcie users being actively involved in the day to day running of the centre and in the recruiting and interviewing of staff.

Her service, the Forget Me Not centre and the weekly Hiking Group have appeared on Radio 4's programme "Rambling" hosted by Clare Balding and service users have made a film featured on Social Care TV, showing that there is life after dementia.

Over the last 10 years Dr Anthony Harrison and Dr Bill Bruce-Jones have worked together on a number of service and practice developments to reduce the likelihood of self-harm and suicide in Bath and North East Somerset and across AWP. In collaboration with partners, they have developed a self-harm care pathway, self harm register and mental health risk assessment tool for use by non-mental health staff. These are now being implemented in several hospitals in the UK and in Australia. 

Iain Tulley Chief Executive says:
"We are proud to have such dedicated inspirational and remarkable leaders in our Trust. Lynda Anthony and Bill put quality improvement at the heart of what they do to transform patient care and are thoroughly deserving of these awards."

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