Lancashire Care partnership shortlisted for HSJ Partnership Awards

An innovative partnership between a local health and wellbeing provider and mental health recovery charity, which involves working together to support people in mental health crisis, has been shortlisted for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2019.

The number of people requiring mental health treatment in the UK is rising and at the same time, the number of mental health hospital beds has dramatically decreased. With this in mind, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Richmond Fellowship have been working together, to develop alternative ways of providing support for those in mental health crisis and have been successfully shortlisted for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2019.

The partnership has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Not for Profit Working in Partnership with the NHS’ category for their efforts in collectively working together to improve mental health crisis care.

The organisations have been working together since 2016 and have opened two crisis houses in Lancashire, which provide a small number of beds and a safe, home-like environment. The partners have also developed an innovative model of supporting people who attend A&E in crisis, Mental Health Decision Units, and runs Sparky’s Café at The Harbour Hospital in Blackpool, providing apprenticeship opportunities for people recovering from mental ill health to help them get back into employment.

Sue Moore, Director of Strategic Developments at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are delighted that our partnership with Richmond Fellowship has been shortlisted for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2019. We have been experiencing high demand for mental health services in Lancashire for some time and we are absolutely committed to ensuring that people are able to access the right care when they most need it. This has involved some innovative thinking with our partners about how we redesign or provide different support to the people that we serve.

“Working together with Richmond Fellowship has allowed us to really enhance the services that we provide and be able to deliver high quality care to the people that matter. It is a privilege to be part of so many fantastic projects and we are really proud that our work has been recognised nationally!”

Joe Redmond, Managing Director – Richmond Fellowship (North) said:

“Richmond Fellowship has a strong track record of providing a wide range of mental health services, including support for people experiencing a crisis. We work with a large number of NHS Trusts and we have a particularly strong partnership with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. Together we have developed a range of innovative approaches which are helping to tackle the rising demand for mental health services.

“For example, not everyone with mental ill health needs or wants to go into hospital or to be there any longer than necessary. This is where our crisis houses come in – they provide a safe, supportive environment in the local community where local people can develop coping skills to help with their recovery.  After quite short stays, people are telling us they feel more able to return back home and take control of their lives.”

The winners will be announced at the prestigious ceremony on 20 March 2019 at Park Plaza in Westminster.

For more information or to view the full shortlist please visit https://partnership.hsj.co.uk/

Old Moat Garden Centre scoops local business award

Richmond Fellowship’s Old Moat Garden Centre has scooped an accolade at the annual Epsom and Ewell Business Excellence Awards in Surrey.

The social enterprise won the Commitment in the Community category at the awards which celebrate excellence in the local community.

An engraved glass trophy was presented to The Old Moat team by the local MP and Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling at a special ceremony on Thursday 15 November.

Jack Shilley, Garden Centre Manager said:

“I am absolutely delighted that The Old Moat has received this award. It filled me with immense pride to collect the award on behalf of the business with some of the team. It is a real testament to all of our staff and volunteers’ hard work and dedication, and of course a huge thanks to the people we support – the reason why we all do what we do.”

Find out more about The Old Moat at www.theoldmoatgardencentre.org.uk.

Richmond Fellowship reaccredited as Investors in Diversity

Investors-in-Diversity-logoRichmond Fellowship has been reaccredited as an Investor in Diversity.

The accreditation, which the national mental health charity has held since 2016, recognises Richmond Fellowship’s structured and planned approach to embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the heart of the organisation.

To retain the accreditation, the National Centre for Diversity carried out an assessment to check the organisation remains focussed on continually building on this area.

The 2018 assessment began in April and included a staff survey asking for views on how well the organisation upholds and promotes the EDI principles, including tackling bullying, harassment and discrimination.

This year Richmond Fellowship also asked a selection of suppliers and other organisations it works with for their views. The assessor also met with a selection of staff from across Richmond Fellowship and with people who use services.

Tracey Bell, Group Director of Performance, Quality and Innovation at Richmond Fellowship said:

“This is a great achievement, recognising how well embedded EDI best practices are in Richmond Fellowship. Thank you to everyone who took part in the comprehensive assessment.”

Wiltshire service recognised as centre of excellence by Centre for Mental Health

Richmond Fellowship’s Wiltshire employment service has been selected as one of 18 national centres for excellence in supporting people who use mental health services to gain or retain employment.

The Wiltshire employment service has achieved a consistent level of ‘Good Fidelity’ across a range of indicators for its Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service by The Centre for Mental Health.

It will now act as a centre for excellence model for Individual Placement and Support, offering guidance and advice on how IPS can be implemented in other locations across England as well as how employment services for people living with mental ill health can be improved based on the evidence of what works best.

Stephen Smith-Trask, Managing Director of Operations for Richmond Fellowship (South) said:

“Richmond Fellowship has a proud heritage of delivering high quality employment services across Wiltshire. We’ve been at the forefront of model development, always striving to exceed targets. Individual Placement and Support is critical in delivering employment support for the next generation. I’d like to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of the staff team and partners in securing this recognition.”

The Centre for Mental Health is an independent UK mental health charity which aims to inspire hope, opportunity and a fair chance in life for people of all ages with or at risk of mental ill health.

Volunteers win award for supporting prison leavers

Volunteers in North Tyneside have received an award for their work supporting people leaving the criminal justice system.

The volunteers from national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship received a Bronze Commendation at the North Tyneside Council’s Chairman’s Commendation Scheme awards for their work to help reintegrate people into society and reduce re-offending levels. Read more

Mental health services doing an important job in Cambridge

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Mental health services in Cambridgeshire are ‘doing a very important job in a very effective way’
according to a leading service user network.

Services from national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, in Wisbeth, March and Godmanchester were visited and independently appraised by the SUN Network. Read more

Richmond Fellowship awarded Employer of the Year

Progress to excellence logoRichmond Fellowship was named Employer of the Year at Progress to Excellence’s Training and Education Awards, held this month in Liverpool.

The national mental health charity, part of Recovery Focus, won in the category for more than 250 employees for their contribution to the communities they support through a commitment to training. Progress to Excellence is a specialist training provider in the health and social care sector. Read more

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Sparky’s cafe celebrates anniversary

Sparky's cafeThe Mayor of Blackpool praised the efforts of a charity community café in tackling mental health stigma during its one year celebrations.

Cllr. Kath Rowson, Mayor of Blackpool, joined representatives from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool College and national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship to celebrate the one year anniversary of Sparky’s Café at The Harbour hospital in Blackpool. Read more