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Katy makes national shortlist for NHS Parliamentary Awards following regional win

Published: 6/28/2019

Katy Chachou has been shortlisted for the national NHS Parliamentary Awards after her nomination was chosen as the regional winner in the volunteer of the year category.  Seven years ago, Katy was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis and was cared for in our Trust’s Mother and Baby Unit at the Barberry. Katy has been recognised for her relentless work over the past five years in help to help those experiencing similar mental ill health by giving hope and making a positive impact on everyone she meets and everything she is involved in.

On being shortlisted in the national awards, Katy said:

“When I started volunteering on the Birmingham Mother and Baby unit five years ago offering manicures and pedicures to the mums on the ward it was the start of my career in mental health. I was also involved in setting up the Friends of the Birmingham Mother and Baby service group which has enabled many women to get involved especially with the development of new Perinatal Mental Health Services across the West Midlands. Volunteering gave me confidence and it also got me back into work after being extremely unwell with Postpartum Psychosis after having my daughter in 2011. I am thrilled to be shortlisted for this award and to be recognised for the work that I have achieved.”

Katy Chachou

Sue Hartley, Executive Director of Nursing, said:

“Katy is quite simply amazing.  She brings inspiration and hope to others in their recovery and helps to challenge stigma, through sharing her own experience of serious mental illness both within the Trust and more widely, including in the media.  She has also been involved in developing training and services with the needs of service users at their heart.  We are very fortunate to have Katy in the Trust and particularly proud that she has used her volunteering experience to gain the confidence to get back into paid work within mental health following her illness.”

Katy’s nomination was put forward by no less than three local MPs - Steve McCabe MP (Selly Oak), Jess Phillips MP (Yardley) and Dame Caroline Spelman MP (Meriden)

The national awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday 10 July.

Katy recently made a film with NHS England and NHS Improvement to raise awareness of postpartum psychosis, which you can view here