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Innovative scheme nominated for healthcare award

11 September 2017


Gavin and Emma
Hostel resident Gavin is pictured with SLaM Clinical Psychologist Dr Emma Williamson

Psychology in Hostels, an innovative scheme which sees NHS psychologists working in Thames Reach hostels, has been shortlisted for an award at the upcoming HSJ Awards, a prestigious and long-running awards ceremony that recognises healthcare achievements within the NHS.

The scheme, which has been nominated in the ‘Most effective adoption and diffusion of existing best practice’ category, is a collaborative effort between Thames Reach, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), and Lambeth Council, with funding coming from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.


Psychology in Hostels involves SLaM psychologists working full-time at two Thames Reach hostels in Lambeth. They provide hostel residents with access to therapies they might otherwise miss out on, and help them to become more independent, and to improve their physical and mental health.

Bill Tidnam, Thames Reach's director of operations, said: “We’re really pleased that this excellent collaboration between Thames Reach, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, and London Borough of Lambeth has been recognised by being shortlisted in the HSJ awards.


“We’re particularly grateful to the Guy’s and St Thomas Charity for funding this project which has made a real difference to the lives of homeless people with multiple needs who have found it difficult to get the help they need to manage and improve their health,” he added.


The winners will be announced at the HSJ Awards ceremony in London on 22 November.