Awards triumph as CPFT staff are honoured

Delight for Older People’s Liaison Psychiatry Service, specialist registrar Elena Baker-Glenn, and consultant Dr Dickon Bevington

Awards triumph as CPFT staff are honoured
09 December 2014

Staff at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust who provide specialist mental health assessment and treatment for people over the age of 65 have won a prestigious award.

The Older People’s Liaison Psychiatry Service scooped the first Frances Jaye Care and Compassion Award.
In a second achievement, the team recently reached the final of the recent NHS Employers Compassion in Practice Awards.

Melanie Coombes, Director of Nursing at CPFT, said: “I am delighted for the team. They were only set up 18 months ago, but they have already demonstrated they are making an incredible difference to patients. They fully deserve the recognition they have received.”

They are not the only CPFT colleagues who have been honoured in recent weeks. Specialist registrar Elena Baker-Glenn was crowned trainee/student leader of the year by Health Education East of England, and Dr

Dickon Bevington, consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry, was named one of 50 top innovators by healthcare publication, the Heath Service Journal.

The Frances Jaye Care and Compassion Awards recognise and promote exceptional care and compassion. The awards were set up in memory of Frances Jaye, a mother and healthcare worker, whose family wanted a legacy to promote the values she stood for - compassion and good care - and to celebrate such values in others.

The Older People’s Liaison Psychiatry Service provides assessment and advice on treatment for patients aged over 65 currently in hospital with acute mental health problems requiring immediate specialist mental health advice.

Judges praised the team, who are based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, for delivering care with "sensitivity and kindness". Just days later, they were named finalists in the NHS Employers Compassion in Practice Awards in the ‘right team in the right place at the right time’ category.

In further success, specialist registrar Elena Baker-Glenn was crowned trainee/student leader of the year by Health Education East of England. Elena was nominated by colleagues for her work at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust where she was employed before joining CPFT.

Her nomination form stated: “Elena consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership, taking on several roles to support her colleagues and improve patient care. As the local Chief Resident she was the voice of the senior trainees, using the role to identify and solve issues impacting on her colleagues across the trust and on patient safety.”

Meanwhile, the Health Service Journal recently named Dr Dickon Bevington, consultant with CPFT’s Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service (CASUS), among 50 people in healthcare who are “showing the creativity and imagination necessary to transform the health service”.

Dr Bevington was praised for a pioneering new approach to caring for adolescents with severe mental health problems. The programme involves assigning a field worker to each young person, who, as well as being a therapist, acts as a point for contact for any social, education or youth justice services they are involved with.

The approach, which has since been adopted across the country, has led to reductions in substance use and improvements in psychological wellbeing.

Praising his colleagues at CASUS, Dr Bevington said: “It has always seemed to be a team where people love what they do, and have space to care and listen to young people. I am hugely proud to work with them.”

*Pictured above: Clinical Nurse Specialists Alison Wilkinson (left) and Isobel McCrossan from the Older People’s Liaison Psychiatry service with Melanie Coombes (centre), Director of Nursing at CPFT


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
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