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Our trust wins prestigious national HSJ Award

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has won a prestigious Health Service Journal Award for Best Innovation in Mental Health for it’s revolutionary Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge service project at City Hospital.

Our Rapid Assessment Interface and Discharge service is a joint venture with Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust to assess and treat patients at one of Birmingham’s busiest A&E centres. This pioneering service, which was formulated here in Birmingham, has already improved patient experience and has streamlined services, leading to better care for patients but delivered more efficiently. 

The RAID team receiving their award
The RAID team receiving their award

Since last December, Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge specialist team have worked closely with doctors and nurses at City Hospital and the charity Aquarius to provide a 24-hour service, ensuring that those patients with mental health, alcohol or drugs problems are assessed and treated much earlier.

This has resulted not just in better patient care, but has also been shown to make significant savings, as it has avoided unnecessary admissions into busy medical wards. For example, by intervening much earlier, Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge has shown that it can reduce the number of patients with dementia in City Hospital by at least 30 at any one time. This is the equivalent to 2 medical wards, saving over £2m in vital NHS funds that can be spent elsewhere.

By rolling the service out to other hospitals in Birmingham and beyond, Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge has the potential to save millions of pounds for the NHS.

With NHS funding being tighter than ever, the Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge team has shown that it is possible to improve outcomes whilst saving money.

Dr George Georgiou, a lead clinician for the Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge service said: “This is a true demonstration of partnership work at its best.  This has, from the beginning, been a partnership between the Acute hospital trust, the commissioners and our trust. 

“I am so pleased for everyone who has put so much into this project.  I am particularly thrilled for the clinical team, who have worked tirelessly over the last 12 months.”

Sue Turner, our chief executive, congratulated all staff involved. She said: “This is fantastic news for our trust and winning this HSJ Award shows how committed our staff are to delivering the very best care not only to its service users but to their carers, families and support workers.

"It is also a reflection of the continued dedication and professionalism of our staff and their determination to provide high quality care in new ways. We certainly have much to be proud of.”

The HSJ Awards are the UK’s largest health service awards. Winning or being shortlisted for one of these is a real achievement as more than 900 entries were made this year.

The ceremony was opened by Alistair McLellan, editor of the Health Service Journal and attended by more than 1,300 guests. For more details about the awards and the full list of winners go to www.hsjawards.co.uk.