The NHS in Cheshire has been recognised as the winner of the Mental Health Service Redesign Initiative at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value Awards 2020 for working to improve specialist mental health services for local people.

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) in partnership with NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been awarded the national title after transforming services for people severely affected by mental health problems.

Below, new £4.5 million inpatient facilities

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This includes improving people’s experiences through more person-centred care, improved inpatient facilities and a wider range of out-of-hospital services.

Sheena Cumiskey, CWP chief executive, said: “We are delighted the work we have done in Cheshire to improve specialist mental health services has received a national award.

“The new model of care means local people can access enhanced community mental health services and 24/7 mental health crisis care, alongside a £4.5million investment into two new state-of-the-art inpatient mental health wards which opened in Macclesfield at the start of this year.

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“These new services are helping more people to continue their lives, with support, in the community while providing high quality hospital care when needed.

“Recent events related to Covid-19 have been challenging for all of us in different ways, and it means a great deal to all those involved in the redesign, people who access our services, volunteers, staff and partners, to be recognised in this way.

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“I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make these new services a reality.”

Dr Ian Hulme, clinical lead for mental health at the CCG, said: “It’s really positive to be recognised for the collaborative work that partners have undertaken to design and develop adult and older people’s mental health services in Cheshire.

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“I'd like to thank all the staff, service users, carers and the wider public who took part in the consultation and listening events.

“We know that it is essential to do all we can to provide patients with timely access to high-quality services where they need them. The new services in the community and the two new mental health facilities in Macclesfield will ensure that service users get the best possible care to help them thrive and not just survive.”

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