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NHS ward in Ipswich becomes Team of the Year 2012

Ward staff in Ipswich have been named as Team of the Year 2012 as part of a prestigious national awards scheme.

Lark Ward, at the Woodlands facility on Heath Road, were awarded the impressive honour by the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units.

The ward, part of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, provides psychiatric intensive care services for adults.

Clinical team leader Kevin Moran, said: "NAPICU is a well respected organisation and influences government and NICE policy and we are delighted to have won this prestigious award and national recognition both for the ward and the Trust."

In assessing the application, the judges assessed the ward's performance in a range of criteria, including patient involvement, innovation and evidence-based care.

Kevin added: "We had to put in a written application to be shortlisted and once we got through this we had to present a 15-minute presentation and question session at the conference to the judges and any NAPICU members who had chosen to attend the presentation.

"Our theme was New Ward New Perspectives and we had to convince the judges what we had achieved last year."

Aidan Thomas, chief executive, said: "This is a fantastic achievement and one which staff should feel rightly proud of." Trust chair Maggie Wheeler also visited the ward last month, reporting that she was impressed with what she saw.

Kevin and his team won £500 for Lark Ward, as well as receiving a trophy and a certificate.

Lark Ward is one of four wards at Woodlands, which was declared officially open last year by the Countess of Wessex. Woodlands replaced the adult acute wards at St Clement's Hospital on Foxhall Road and Minsmere House at Heath Road.

For more details about the award, see​