We are so pleased to announce that NHFT has been shortlisted for a HSJ Value Award, in the Mental Health Services category. This category highlights initiatives which have delivered efficient and sustainable mental health services, delivering value whilst also demonstrating excellent patient outcomes.
The Crisis House (known as ‘The Warren’) was launched in Northampton in August 2016, to offer an alternative to acute mental health admission for people in mental health crisis. Building on its success, Crisis Cafes were piloted in early 2017, in collaboration with MIND, with the primary aim to provide a safe out-of-hours space for people to seek help for a mental health crisis, without having to rely on A&E departments or other emergency services. Due to success and positive feedback from service users, this was rolled out further, thereby now providing Crisis Café coverage all week across Northamptonshire.
Both the Warren and the Crisis Cafes were co-produced with Northamptonshire service users, who continue to be involved in the ongoing review of the services.
Adam Smith, Assistant Director of the Crisis Pathway, says “This award nomination has gravitated from our service users, carers and third sector partners and their incredibly valuable input into the development of mental health services in Northamptonshire. Any award nomination must focus on the strength and determination of service users and carers to have their voices heard in the shaping of services, and in holding NHFT and the third sector to account for ensuring that future community mental health care in the county is linked directly to the needs of our population.”
“Both NHFT and Mind staff have been able to work outside of historical service boundaries in order to develop truly innovative crisis provisions for the county. These collaborative resources are now becoming the bedrock of mental health service provision within Northamptonshire and it is through them, and the vision of the staff within them, that we will continue to grow services for our population in the coming years.”
The winner of each category will be announced at the HSJ Value Awards on 23rd May 2019. We are keeping our fingers crossed for team NHFT and will update you all with the outcome post the event!