12 May 2015
The Pride of Mental Health Awards
Our Mental Health
Liaison Team in Swindon is launching the Pride of Mental Health
Awards to help staff at GWH become aware of the mental health needs
The awards will recognise the work of an individual or team who
has gone the extra mile to support patients with mental health
needs (including dementia), and understand the impact of mental
health on our physical wellbeing.
The winner of the first award will be announced on the 18 May
2015, which coincides with the start of National Dementia Awareness
Every quarter, our AWP team will nominate another Pride of
Mental Health winner.
This award is part of our wider "purple star" quality
improvement initiative, which began in March 2015. The purple star
is the symbol adopted by our Mental Health Liaison Team and is worn
by members of the team to identify ourselves within GWH. Purple
star magnets are also displayed on ward and patient head boards,
with contact details for the Mental Health Liaison Team, so staff
can directly access the team and the mental health pharmacy for
advice and support. The purple star is a great way of showing that
the wards are 'mental health aware' and that support is readily
The purple star is also used on a new ward-based information
folder, containing patient information leaflets on Mental Health
Conditions; staff contacts, advocacy support, and information on
the Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts. The folder will help
both patients and staff, thereby promoting general awareness.
The Pride of Mental Health award winner will receive a
certificate with the same "purple star" emblem.
Dr Leanne Hayward, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist says "The
purple star concept was designed with the intention to promote
awareness and improve parity of esteem for those with physical and
mental health conditions in the general hospital. With one in 4
people experiencing mental health problems at some point in their
lives, we hope that it will become a recognised brand within the
hospital to improve patient care, to raise awareness and reduce the
stigma of mental health problems".