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Mental health partnership wins national award

13 October 2017


Audrine and Terri
For many years Audrine (left) struggled with mental health problems and she lacked the self-confidence to get out of her home. Audrine is pictured with Thames Reach worker Terri.

The work done by the Lambeth Integrated Personalised Support Alliance (IPSA), a partnership involving Thames Reach, was recognised last night at the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards, a national event which celebrates innovative practice within mental health services.

Lambeth IPSA, which is run in partnership by Thames Reach, Certitude, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Lambeth Council, won in the Improving Access & Outcomes in Housing (NHS England) category, and received a special mention in the Recovery category.

The project works to improve the lives of people with mental health needs who are currently in rehabilitation wards or are living in residential or nursing accommodation in the London Borough of Lambeth. It provides early interventions before people reach a point of crisis and require hospital treatment.

The awards night took place Thursday 12 October in Blackpool and was organised by the Positive Practice MH Collaborative, a group comprised of 75 different organisations, including NHS Trusts, CCGs, police forces, charities, and service user groups, which is working to disseminate best practice and new ideas in the mental health services sector.