2011 Mental Health Winner and Finalists

The winner in the Mental Health and Wellbeing category was Ian Colpitts and his team from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for their work developing "Smiles".  SMILES is a therapeutic package designed for young children, aimed at preventing mental health issues. Experience has shown that being creative and injecting fun into therapy dramatically improves things and gets better outcomes.  The children learn a variety of techniques and skills in order to equip them for future life stresses. SMILES is intended as both a prevention to service need, as well as supporting those who do require further therapeutic input. Ian said that “As with all public sector services, our service is struggling with funding cutbacks, the SMILES programme, for a relatively minimal financial outlay, allows for a  therapeutic intervention to be delivered to a significant number of young people.”


Other finalists in the Mental Health and Wellbeing category were Sami Timimi and team from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Petra Baldwin and her team from Leicestership Partnership NHS Trust, Gemma del Toro and Claire Henley from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Ian Rothera and Margaret Oates from the East Midlands Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network. 

Sami Timimi and team have develop an outcome-orientated child and adolescent mental health service.  This is a new approach that focuses on improving outcomes for treatment of mental health problems in the young. By incorporating extra therapeutic factors it has demonstrated a 25% reduction in non-attendance rates, high levels of satisfaction and engagement from service users and a 10% cost saving.  The major benefit is that it is producing a positive change for young people and reduces the chances of 'getting stuck in the system'.


Petra Baldwin and her team have developed an evidence-based recovery service to empower over 65’s with mental health issues to take control over their own recovery after discharge from the programme.  Petra with her colleagues adopted an evidence based approach to devise a pathway for older people focusing on leading a meaningful life & avoiding relapse. The work is intended to be individual and based on each person's skills, needs and wishes, whilst it is still early days it does seem to be showing promising results.


Gemma del-Toro and Claire Henley have been working to implement improvements to end-of-life care for people with learning difficulties. The End of life pathway for people with learning disabilities links to the existing Nottinghamshire Pathway that allows access to tools, service directories and documents relating to learning disabilities. It provides easy to understand information to the person, it links to the persons Personal Health File and Health Action Plan and is supported by a DVD to raise awareness of how to support someone with a learning disability  as they approach end of life. Support staff in residential units feel supported to provide care to an individual with a learning disability during End of Life, therefore reducing inappropriate use of health services.


Ian Rothera and Margaret Oates have developed an antenatal screening midwifery training programme.  This is an e-learning training programme covering all community midwives that is being implemented by the East Midlands Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network.  The new e-learning module has been shown to deliver benefits to both staff and patients as midwives are more effectively detecting women at  increased  risk of developing a serious post natal mental  illness and those women most likely to suffer from a serious mental illness  following childbirth are identified and appropriate  actions  taken before birth and before significant  illness develops.  This has led to a number of Productivity Benefits such as reduction in inappropriate referrals and a reduction in overall costs of the service.