05 December 2014
AWP Leaders win NHS awards
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."