25 August 2021

Congratulations to everyone involved in the North Central East London (NCEL) CAMHS Provider Collaborative, for making it through as finalists for the prestigious national Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards 2021. 

The team are finalists for the category 'Provider Collaborative of the Year' for their entry 'Thinking and Doing Commissioning Differently - Giving the Collaborative Steering Wheel to Users.'

Judged by the nation's top health leaders and experts, the HSJ Awards always attracts a high volume of entries - and with such fierce competition, to win through to this stage really says something about the calibre of the entry. 

North Central and East London CAMHS Provider Collaborative is led by ELFT and brings together five NHS trusts with service users central to all decision makings since the start in 2019. The Collaborative takes an innovative approach to commissioning, enabling a positive culture of shared learning, trust and co-operation. 

Service Users set the Collaborative agenda, lead on planning and strategy sessions - literally 'sitting in the driver's seat.' 

This means not just asking service users for feedback on how the project progresses but having them tell the Collaborative what should be done at each step of the way. 

On hearing the news that they had won through to the final, service user and Collaborative steering group member Olga Oryema said: 

"Knowing that as a Participation Champion I can be the voice for young people who do not have the opportunity to express their concerns is a great privilege.

"By having the service user voice at the forefront of everything we do demonstrates collaboration for a better future of mental health services."

Programme Director for Collaborative, Dorian Cole said:

"I am so proud of our NCEL team including our expert by experience group, and of all of our partners from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, Whittington Health NHS Trust,  Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and North- East London NHS Foundation Trust.

"Being shortlisted for this year's HSJ Awards is a great testament to how over the last year we have all come together to form our Provider Collaborative and through this new and exciting partnership are already making a positive difference to the lives of the young people we serve."

ELFT Executive Director of Commercial Development Dr Mohit Venkataram said: 

"This has been a very exciting and important initiative from the very start.

"The partnership of all our statutory NHS partners, Local authority, public health, Schools and VSCO led by an amazingly talented group of service users and carers have helped hold the stern when the system has been challenged.

"The success of the collaborative is a testament to the leadership of these young service users and is no less than what they deserve as the future system leaders.

"Well done to everyone involved." 

 The HSJ Final takes place on 18 November 2021. For a full list of finalists visit HSJ Awards 2021

The image shows the NCEL whole team including Experts by Experience group, July 2021