18 October 2019
Top award for mental health team who help young people move into adult services
A peer support group set up to help young people transferring
from Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to
Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) has won a top award.
The South Gloucestershire CAMHS transitions group, which is run
by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust,
was set up in January 2019 to try and reduce the stress often
associated with the transition period.
On World Mental Health Day (Thursday 10th October) members of
the group were invited to attend the Positive Practice in Mental
Health Awards where it was announced that they had won the category
of 'Initiatives to support transition from children and young
people's to adult mental health services.'
Kutie Ngundu, Community Service Manager for South
Gloucestershire Psychological Therapies & Recovery Services,
said: "The transfer between CAMHS and AMHS is recognised as a
particularly difficult time for young people with changes to ways
of working and responsibility. The National Institute for Clinical
Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend providing peer support to
help with the process, so we set up a group to help us identify
what support is needed, who young people might want to speak to
about the transition and what they would like to know as part of
A fortnightly support group was developed where those taking
part would learn basic living skills like cooking and cleaning and
where someone from a local support agency could talk about their
work and how to access support.
Since January the group has grown and now has ten regular
attendees, with some members of the group also providing input into
a number of CAMHS projects.
Kiera is one of the Peer Mentors. She said: "Our group provides
transitions space for young people to express themselves and how
they feel about their lives and care in a safe and friendly
environment, as well as being supported by others who have already
transitioned in making good life decisions. Mental health is such
an important part of everyone's life and as young people it's our
job to help and support each other. I was so happy to accept this
award with my amazing colleagues for our hard work in supporting
people in getting their lives back on track."
Nicola Burchill, Local Involvement Co-ordinator for AWP in South
Gloucestershire, said: "I am extremely proud to have been part of
this truly co-produced project. The group members are absolutely
fantastic, and I could not be more proud of the hard work everyone
has put into making this work. Meeting with, and working alongside,
this fantastic group of young people is an absolute honour and I am
so happy that it has the national recognition that it deserves. I'd
like to thank the South Gloucestershire Locality Management Team,
particularly Jenny Macdonald (Clinical Lead) for trusting our group
vision and making this project possible."