Award wins for NHS teams

The Milton Keynes Mental Health Street Triage Project team PNL-151011-121315001
The Milton Keynes Mental Health Street Triage Project team PNL-151011-121315001

Two teams from services run by CNWL NHS Foundation Trust in Milton Keynes have won awards at the trust’s annual awards ceremony.

The Milton Keynes Mental Health Street Triage Service won Project of the Year and the Children with Complex Needs Team won Team of the Year at the ceremony last Thursday.

The Street Triage Service sees officers from Thames Valley Police and mental health professionals from the NHS trust working together to enure people who are experiencing a mental health crisis get the appropriate care at the earliest possible opportunity.

The scheme has more than halved the number of Section 136 detentions since it began earlier this year.

By working together police, ambulance crews and mental health professionals have made sure people are given the right treatment, increasing their rate of recovery.

The project has also just received further funding following a successful pilot.

Street Triage team manager Matt Jarrad said: “I’m chuffed to bits. This is a great team that I work with, including Thames Valley Police, and the project has clearly shown great outcomes for the people we are working with.”

The Children with Complex Needs Service provides care to children with life-limiting and complex medical conditions.

Their nomination highlights that the team recognises how important it is to support the whole family and others involved in the child’s care.

The team provides an out-of-hours on-call service to families they work with to make sure that parents and carers can speak to someone they know for advice about their child’s medical condition at any time.

Team manager, community paediatrician Teresa Wood, said: “They are dedicated and extremely passionate about what they do and they deserved this award. It’s a true recognition for the positive outcomes they achieve with the families they work with.”