19 September 2016

We are finalists for a HSJ award

HSJOur Research and Development department has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards 2016, which recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in the NHS.

The department has been shortlisted for our Everyone Included approach in the Clinical Research Impact Category. Everyone Included is an innovative and inclusive method of telling our service users about research. Winning a HSJ award would provide well deserved recognition for Everyone Included and help the initiative develop further.

Everyone Included, Research for All; means we aim to let everyone who accesses our services in AWP know about opportunities to take part in relevant, ethically approved NHS research, unless they tell us otherwise.

In March 2013 AWP was the first mental health trust in the country to formally offer an alternative method to make research more accessible and inclusive for all. Everyone Included has been in development for over five years, working with service users, staff and members of the public to ensure we increase awareness and access to research.

Julian Walker, director of research and development, said "I am so pleased we have been shortlisted as finalists, this is a true accolade. It means the HSJ has recognised the importance of research, of asking service users and of following this with practical procedures that are efficient and properly regulated. We are delighted at the national recognition AWP has received and I am extremely grateful to all the staff and service users who have worked on this initiative."

The Everyone Included approach is designed with the individual in mind; promoting individual choice, inclusivity and equal opportunities. It has received positive interest from national regulators, other trusts, and most importantly our service users.

Often people with mental health conditions and dementia are not fully considered, and decisions are made about them, without them. Just because someone has a mental health problem it does not mean they lack capacity, Everyone Included promotes and supports this principle.

The annual HSJ Awards are independently judged and open to all services and areas of health. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 23rd November 2016.

Fingers crossed and best of luck to the team!

if you would like to find out more about Everyone Included click here

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