Cheshire and Wirral NHS Trust win national mental health award

CHESHIRE and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) have won a very prestigious award for mental health.

CWP won “Innovation of the Year” at this year’s National Health Service Journal Awards 2022.

The HSJ Awards were held on Thursday, November 17, providing an opportunity to recognize outstanding contributions to healthcare.

CWP’s Learning Disabilities, Neurodevelopmental and Acquired Brain Injury and Child, Youth and Family Care Groups won Mental Health Innovation of the Year for their work on the Dynamic Support Database – Tool clinical support (DSD-CST).

The DSD-CST was developed to initially support the Commissioner’s responsibilities by holding up-to-date information about people in the community, which enables hospital services to provide increasing levels of support to people with autism and at-risk people with intellectual disabilities. of hospitalization.

The tool developed provides a red/orange/green rating and clinically prioritizes individuals based on their risk of mental health hospitalization. The tool allows commissioners to maintain a database of those at risk of admission and allows for any changes in individual needs to be taken into account.

This project has significantly improved the recognition of needs, enabled timely support as well as easy access to intensive support for those who need it, reduced hospital admissions and reduced length of hospital stay for those who need that level of support.

It is the only validated and reliable measure to assess the need for admission and is recommended by NHS England.

Since its development, services across the North West and further afield in England have implemented or studied the use of the tool.

The Health Service Journal said: “The approach to change and the level of dissemination of this innovation was particularly impressive, as was the approach to collecting impact data.

“This was a selfless and compassionate project where the clear goal was to truly make a difference.”

Tim Welch, CWP Managing Director, said, “On behalf of everyone at CWP, I want to congratulate everyone involved with the Dynamic Support Database – Clinical Support Tool project.

“Everyone at the Trust is extremely proud of his achievement.

“Their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of people in the neurodivergent community sets a very high standard for anyone working in the health and human services field.

“Ensuring we provide the best possible care to the communities we serve is CWP’s number one priority, and this project extends that philosophy throughout the North West and beyond.”

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