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Trust team ‘highly commended’ at major healthcare awards

Published: 11/28/2018

Our Trust’sinnovative partnership with two other regional mental healthcare providers was ‘highly commended’ at a prestigious awards ceremony. The annual Health Service Journal awards, held in London last week, recognised the Reach Out programme in the Acute or specialist Services Redesign (North/Midlands/East) category.

Reach Out is a two year pilot within Adult Secure Care, implementing a new model of care. The programme works to bring patients who are currently in secure care outside of the West Midlands closer to home, family and friends. There are around 550 adults across the West Midlands who are detained in medium or low secure care and, at the start of the pilot 35 per cent of these were out of area.

The Reach Out project is a joint initiative run in partnership between BSMHFT, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and the St Andrew’s Healthcare charity.

All the shortlisted organisations took part in a series of presentations and interviews to judging panels of senior and influential figures from the sector, and the worthy winners were announced at a ceremony on 21 November 2018. A list of all the winners can be found on the HSJ website.