Promise Project wins national patient award

CPFT scheme to end use of restraint collects prestigious prize

Promise Project wins national patient award
08 March 2016

A scheme run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust which sets out a new mental healthcare vision has won a prestigious award.

The Promise Project – devised by Dr Manaan Kar-Ray, clinical director of adult services at CPFT, and expert-by-experience Sarah Rae – restates the Trust’s commitment to helping service-users towards recovery.

It also aims to end the use of physical restraint of mental health patients – a pledge which is already attracting attention from across the world.

At the finals of the Patient Experience Awards in the Birmingham, the Promise Project was named the winner of the Strengthening The Foundation category.

Dr Kar Ray said: “We are delighted to have won this award. To be honoured by The Patient Experience Awards is crucial because the Promise Project is all about improving the treatment and involvement of people in our care.

“Although our key vision for the future of mental healthcare provision was founded in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough those ideals are not just restricted by local boundaries. We believe they apply nationally and even internationally which is why we’ve already had interest from healthcare providers in the USA and Australia.”

CPFT – which provides mental and community health care - is working with the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University on a study looking at the impact of restraint on both patients and staff, and how proactive care can be used prevent such situations.

Dr Kar-Ray said: “The care of patients with mental health issues has evolved in recent years, and CPFT has led the way. As a Trust, our emphasis is on building resilience and supporting recovery of our patients and.

"Our patients are people first and helping them live lives that are meaningful to them has to come ahead of just treating or managing their symptoms. There is no place in the recovery philosophy for force, so we have vowed to work towards putting an end to the restraint of patients.”

Restraining techniques are considered a last resort in mental health care and are only used by staff to help contain the distress of a patient who is potentially a risk to themselves or others. But the practice – which can include face-down restraint – has come under intense scrutiny.

Sarah Rae, co-founder of Promise, said: “We know patients find the practice undignified and demotivating, and staff tell us it doesn’t fit their core values of care and compassion.

"The Promise Project has also led to changes on our wards, from their look and feel to how we interact with patients. All these chance go a long way to eliminate reliance on the exercise of force.”

CPFT has 20 mental health inpatient wards at its bases at the Cavell Centre, Peterborough, and Fulbourn, Cambridge, many of which offer specialist care for patients regionally and nationally.

The Promise project has been funded and supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East of England (CLAHRC EOE).

At the signing of a special charter in October last year organisations including Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, Mind, Cambridgeshire Police, University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University pledged to support the Promise Project. It also has the backing of the prestigious Yale University in Connecticut, USA, along with others in Brisbane, Prague and Cape Town as well as the World Psychiatric Association.

To find out more visit www.promise.global


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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