The Camden Learning Disability Service has been shortlisted for a Royal College of Psychiatrists award, recognising their outstanding commitment to support people living with a learning disability.
The team, which is an integrated venture between the London Borough of Camden, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and the Whittington Health NHS Trust, has been shortlisted in the ‘Psychiatric Team of the Year 2020: Intellectual Disability’ category. This recognises the pivotal role that integrated teams play in improving and innovating support in intellectual disability, enabling people with a learning disability to live fulfilling lives as active members of their local communities.
The service is made up of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, specialist support workers and trainees in all those professions.
Having achieved one of the highest rates of health checks for people with learning disabilities in England through active engagement with primary care, the team supports a wrap-around model of care exemplified by increased home-based treatment, promotion of community inclusion and increased access to local health and care services. The team also places great emphasis on education and training of other professionals and care staff.
The team has been also working hard on two multidisciplinary quality improvement projects aimed at enhancing our response to two priority areas in mental health of adults with intellectual disabilities – including a project addressing both the needs of people with Down syndrome who are most vulnerable to early dementia and of older adults with intellectual disabilities if referred with signs of memory difficulties.
Professor Angela Hassiotis, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for this award and we feel it is testament to all the work we’ve carried out across all our professions to support our service users, including reducing the number of acute admissions to our inpatient beds by 85% over the past five years. This has been done by enhancing our community care of people with learning disabilities and advocating their best interests.”
Andrew Reece, Head of integrated Learning Disability Service, said: “Being shortlisted for this award is fantastic news and I’m very proud of all the team for this achievement. We pride ourselves on person centred support, co-produced with people with learning disabilities and their families, which also shows in the positive feedback we get from our service users and their families and carers.”
The team will find out whether they win the award at a ceremony in November.
*Please note the team photo was taken pre-Covid-19 and before social distancing guidelines were introduced.
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