Staff, service users and volunteers were commended at the annual Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) Star of the Year Awards – which, due to Covid-19, were held virtually on Thursday 19 November.
The Camden Learning Disability Service (CLDS) has won a Royal College of Psychiatrists award, recognising their outstanding commitment to community based support for people with learning disabilities and their families.
The Restraint Debrief Volunteer Service based at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust has been mentioned in a national report looking into the positive impact of volunteering in the health and care system.
Plans for C&I’s new mental health hospital are taking shape as its builders BAM, prepare for demolition and construction work to begin.
The development, to replace the ageing inpatient wards at St Pancras Hospital, is part of the Trust’s wider estate redevelopment plan, which will help enable delivery of its clinical strategy, by creating modern, sustainable buildings for mental health care.
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.