Mental health support network shortlisted for glory

Published on: 22nd May 2015

A ground-breaking care network has been recognised for the invaluable work it does in putting those suffering from mental health problems on the road to recovery.

The Community Support Networks team, part of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (LPFT) Managed Care Network, has been shortlisted in the Value and Improvement in Procurement category in this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards 2015.

The awards showcase and recognise outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS.

It’s the second year running that a project from LPFT, the county’s mental health, learning disability and social care Trust, has been shortlisted in the awards.

The Managed Care Network, funded by the Mental Illness Prevention Fund, includes 67 member organisations, providing 72 different projects across various county locations.  These include friendship groups, supported volunteering and healthy living projects.    

It also encompasses the Dementia Support Network and over the past few months organisations and groups have been applying for dementia funding with chosen projects set to be announced in July.

Paul Jackman, LPFT’s Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships said he was pleased that the network’s important role had been recognised.

Providing value in health and care has never been more important.  The Managed Care Network for Mental Health is proving to be truly ground-breaking in getting more help to more people but at less cost.

First and foremost however, it is about creating a wide network of help and support which gives people as much choice as possible to help them get well and stay well.

Being shortlisted for these awards reflects the fantastic achievements of staff in the Trust, the county council, and most importantly of all, the staff and volunteers who provide such imaginative and caring support to over 2,500 people in Lincolnshire.

Last year LPFT was shortlisted in the Value in Improvement in Communication category for its work on the staff engagement programme Making a Difference.   

Members of the Community Support Networks team will travel to the capital next month to deliver a ten minute presentation to a judging panel explaining why they should win.

The overall winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Tuesday 22nd September.