Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust’s Veterans’ Service has been Highly Commended for the Military and Civilian Health Partnership Award at the 40th HSJ Awards.
The winners and those highly commended were announced during the virtual ceremony attended by thousands of health and social care workers, celebrating the excellence of the healthcare sector and giving praise, support and recognition after a year like no other.
The judges said: “ The level of ambition within this highly commended entry was impressive, including expansion of their services over the years to cover TILS, CTS and HIS Veterans services and the development of services designed to support those veterans who had involvement with the Criminal Justice System.
“The commitment to training and education of the staff, peer workers and every aspect of their operation is apparent in everything they do. Overall an excellent presentation from a well informed and integrated team who clearly understood how best to convey the value of their service to the Veterans Community.”
C&I’s Veterans’ Service recognises that those who have served in the Armed Forces have unique support needs – and it provides a service tailored specially for them, enabling them to adapt to civilian life.
The NHS Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service, London/South-East, liaises with local organisations to secure support for mental, physical, social, financial and other needs. It also provides treatment if support is not available locally.
The criminal justice project provides veteran-sensitive training, helping staff fully understand the complex challenges faced by veterans.
The Complex Treatment Service offers therapy for military attributable difficulties, and the London High Intensity Service, works in partnership to offer care and support to those in urgent need.
Following an extensive judging process, undertaken by a wide range of well-respected figures from across the UK healthcare community, Camden and Islington FT and Sussex Partnership FT were Highly Commended in recognition of their outstanding contribution to healthcare over the past 12 months – a year which has undoubtedly been one of the most demanding on record for the NHS.
Dr Sue Ferrier, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Partnership Lead for the Veterans’ Mental Health TIL Service and Complex treatment Service, and Clinical Chair of the C&I Veterans Work stream, said, “Our team and our service user group are absolutely delighted to have been recognised for our work over the past year. It means a great deal to us to be appreciated in this way and we’re confident that the positive impact of this Award will help to create a long-lasting legacy.”
Operational Service Manager, Rob Henderson, said: “This Award will provide a tremendous boost to both staff and veterans who use our services, and I am sure it will bolster our efforts to develop and continually improve. We’d also like to thank all of the veterans who were involved in this process and who really helped us to achieve this Award.”
HSJ Editor, Alistair McLellan, offered his congratulations: “The entrants this year have been of incredible calibre, and each of those recognised at the Awards has been chosen based on their outstanding commitment to excellence in healthcare, I’d like to offer my congratulations on being Highly Commended at this year’s 40th HSJ Awards”.