18 March 2021

The Trust's City and Hackney Specialist Psychotherapy Service (SPS) have won the accolade 'Highly Commended for their work in the Digitising Patient Services Initiative category for the HSJ Awards 2020.

They were recognised for the partnership work alongside Hackney CCG, The Advocacy Project, Core Sport, Patient Knows Best and Silver Cloud for their work to create  A Digital Recovery Platform for Severe Mental Illness.'

This unique effort in coproduction has improved service access, patient care and service user autonomy across all sectors in the borough.

Whilst this work started before the COVID-19 pandemic, current circumstances have emphasised the value of using digital technology in improving service user mental health and experience.

Remarkably, the team's work bowled over a whole raft of judges - they were  also finalists for two other categories - winning entries for the Mental Health Innovation of the Year Award and the Connecting Services and Information Award.

Being 'Highly Commended' by the HSJ Awards judges is a very special recognition - it identifies those teams and services which really stand out for the dedication and innovation they have brought to the project.  

The HSJ Awards also saw the Trust's People & Culture team (P&C) scoop top prize for their entry in the Workplace Race Equality category, and Newham Community Services Rapid Response team based at the East Ham Care Centre represented on the day as finalists as well.

The Newham team's nomination is part of a collective effort, that sees them working collaboratively with the London Borough of Newham, Barts Health Trust & Age UK.

The Integrated Discharge Hub manages patients' rapid discharge from hospital - a particularly challenging task this year. 

The HSJ Awards 2020 took place on 17 March 2021.

Full details on the People & Culture winning project can be found here>>

A full list of the winners, other teams recognised as 'Highly Commended'  and all the runners up can be found here: HSJ Awards 2020>>