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NSFT achieves three commendations in national awards

​The specialist mental health and wellbeing NHS trust serving all of Norfolk and Suffolk has been commended in three categories of a national awards.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) was commended in the Innovation in Mental Health, NHS Collaboration and Hospital Security categories of the Health Business Awards 2018.

The awards recognise and celebrate the significant contributions made each year by the NHS working alongside other organisations.

Innovation in Mental Health Award: NSFT was one of three NHS trusts to be commended, winning its commendation for its role in the “All to Play For” initiative. This involves the Trust working in partnership with Active Norfolk and the Premier Foundation to run football groups to help men look after their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Designed to build confidence and self-esteem, All to Play For is open to any men – both in and out of services – who feel they need extra support with their wellbeing, and gives them the chance to take part in a game of football led by a qualified coach while socialising with others. After the kickabout, they can attend informal drop-in sessions where they can get information and advice from different support services on subjects such as finance, gambling and housing.

NHS Collaboration Award: NSFT made the shortlist of four in this category for its work with Wayland Prison, near Watton, Norfolk. The Trust provides two services which support prisoners who have personality disorder. The Assessment and Treatment service identifies and treats prisoners who have been diagnosed with personality disorder and the Psychologically Informed Planned Environment service (PIPE) provides support to prisoners after they have had treatment so they can progress to living in the community. The services help prisoners at Wayland Prison and prisoners referred from across the East of England and the Midlands, and were last year cited as examples of best practice in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP).

Hospital Security Award: NSFT was one of two organisations commended. It achieved a commendation for a project which involved installing Wisenet security cameras in nine mental health units to ensure a safer environment for service users and staff.

Andy Fisk, NSFT Community Mental Health Nurse who helps runs the All to Play For sessions, attended the awards ceremony in London.

“We had a really enjoyable day and although unfortunate not to come away with an award, being shortlisted for this event and gaining a commendation confirmed just how successful the All to Play For group has been over a short period of time," he said.

“We hope that our success continues, with our aim over the next year to continue to grow the sessions across the Norfolk region so that more men can become physically active and meet new people, while at the same time gaining access to support for their mental health.”

Karl Williams, Consultant Counselling Psychologist and NSFT Service Lead for the national Personality Disorder Pathway services in Norfolk and Suffolk, said: “It was gratifying to have the excellent work NSFT has done, in partnership with staff at HMP Wayland, acknowledged in this way.

“Setting up two services from scratch is never easy. Doing so in the environment of a prison is doubly difficult. And when those services are designed for offenders with personality disorder, the size of the task can never be underestimated.

“NSFT and HMPS staff go above and beyond on a daily basis. Simply to have this recognised is testament to the supreme efforts of all those involved.”

In the summer All to Play For was named as “Community Project of the Year” in the Norfolk County Football Association’s Grassroots Football Awards.

The Health Business Awards were presented by British comedy writer, comedian and former doctor Adam Kay, who is best-known as the author of the multi-award-winning “This is Going Hurt – Secret Diary of a Junior Doctor.”

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