C&I named double awards finalist for two innovative mental healthcare initiatives

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) has achieved the notable accolade of being named double award finalists for two innovative mental healthcare initiatives.

The two separate entries are among the 12 finalists in the Mental Health category of the Health Service Journal’s prestigious “Value in Healthcare” Awards.

The submissions were for:

  • C&I’s work in placing teams of experienced psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health nursing staff in GP practices in Camden, Islington and Barnet.  The project has already reduced costly referrals to hospital for assessment and advice and enabled patients to have their physical and mental healthcare needs addressed in a single location and with minimal delay.  
  • C&I’s partnership with One Housing Group as part of a unique approach to providing high quality supported housing and recovery for people with complex mental health needs. Residents live in self-contained flats at Tile House in King’s Cross and benefit from a community environment to support their recovery, rather than a more expensive hospital or non-local placement.

The Health Service Journal “Value in Healthcare” Awards recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement in the NHS. They acknowledge the excellent use of resources, but also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives.

Both C&I initiatives reflect key elements of its new five-year Clinical Strategy which was launched earlier this year.

It emphasises an integrated, recovery-orientated approach to caring for people, supporting their health needs alongside their mental health requirements. 

Paul Calaminus, Chief Operating Officer at C&I, said: “This is an impressive achievement by both specialist teams and is a strong endorsement of the high quality and distinctive mental healthcare that C&I provides in our communities as we work with service-users towards recovery.

“It is a strong reflection of the dedication and passion of our staff to help others get the right support that takes full account of both their physical and mental wellbeing.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 24 May in Manchester.


Notes to Editors

Our new Clinical Strategy

At the heart of our work developing GP practice-based mental health services and our partnership with One Housing Group to provide high quality housing and recovery are our guiding principles contained in our new Clinical Strategy.

They include:

• we will co-produce  with our service-users and carers their treatment and support
• we will work in a recovery-orientated way
• we will integrate with other services so that service-users have their mental, physical and social needs met in a coherent way
• we will prevent mental illness deteriorating or relapsing in all our service-users and we will contribute to initiatives that prevent mental health problems in children and young people
• we will equip all our clinical staff to address drug and alcohol problems
• we will improve access to our services for everyone regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics

Find out more about our new Clinical Strategy

About Camden and Islington NHS Trust

We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to residents in Kingston.

We have two inpatient facilities, at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital, as well as community based services throughout the London boroughs of Camden and Islington. Our Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world’s leading academic health science partnerships.

We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area either in a community or inpatient setting.

Our income for 2014/15 was £141million and we have approximately 1,700 staff. Our staff work in multi-disciplinary teams providing a holistic approach to recovery. This means that we often work with partner agencies and the voluntary sector. Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust was established in 2002. In March 2008 we became the first Care Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status and are licensed by Monitor.

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