Congratulations to Andrew Kingston, Recovery Service Manager, for being Star of the Month!
During a recent gardening group session for our older service users, Andrew was surprised to see a few extra guests at Camden Mews. Little did he know, we were there to celebrate his excellent achievements, particularly around winning the Trust its own "Feel Good" garden!
Andrew stood stunned as Angela McNab, Chief Executive, explained that she was here to crown him Star of the Month. Staff and service users applauded Andrew's great work, as Angela read a special citation for him.
After entering one of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious competitions earlier on this year, Andrew was successful in winning a brand new garden for C&I. A very impressive feat, as over 30 trusts applied!
The competition was a joint venture between the Royal Horticultural Society and the NHS, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in July, raising awareness of the positive impact that horticulture has on mental health and promoting how gardens can provide relaxing and rehabilitative spaces.
As the garden, planned by renowned designer Matt Keightley, was first showcased at the Chelsea Flower Show, it has had much media attention, particularly around the benefits it will have on our service users once it is installed.
With some staff, service users and carers being invited along to the Chelsea Flower Show, Andrew did a superb job of ensuring it all went smoothly.
Marijke Post, Senior Service Manager, who nominated Andrew, said: "Arranging these events has been extremely time consuming for Andrew, as he had to liaise with internal colleagues, NHS England, the famous garden designer, the Royal Horticultural Society and staff from the Chelsea Flower Show.
"He has supported the project whilst he was on annual leave and even cut his planned holiday down short!
"He was absolutely dedicated in ensuring our patients and their carers were involved in the process and kindly arranged for them to join him at the show.
"The winning bid shows Andrew's dedication to improving the wellbeing of older people by having more therapeutic environments!"
For winning Star of the Month, Andrew was presented with a certificate, C&I pin badge and a £30 M&S voucher.
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 0800 917 3333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.