YSS project worker nominated for a Care with Confidence awards:

michele hatifield collecting nomination on behalf of donna spencerA YSS Bradley project Senior Mental Health support worker   in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin was nominated at the Shropshire Care with Confidence Awards 2015. Michele Hatfield, YSS associate and Bradley project manager, collected the certificate on her behalf at a recent ceremony in Telford.     The project has worked to improve the lives of people with mental health issues who are involved in the Criminal Justice System.

In an extract from Telford CCG website:   GP and Chair, Dr Mike Innes said: “We know that a lot of good work goes on in our communities. This is in a hospital setting, the voluntary sector, GP and nursing services, and health and social care. However, those people or teams that really have gone the extra mile can often go unrecognised. We created these awards to acknowledge anyone who has made an extra special contribution to the care of our Telford and Wrekin residents over the last 12 months.”

The awards are based on the 6Cs of Care, Compassion, Courage, Competence, Commitment and Communication, which are a national benchmark for the delivery of quality patient care.’

The judging panel included the patient health roundtable, a representative of the Young Health Champions and Chair of the CCG, GP Mike Innes.

Mike Innes presented the awards;  there were about 20 nominations, and winners for both team and individual awards.  Michele Hatfield  commented “Our criminal justice client group also did well get to get a mention amongst the Cancer and Alzheimer projects which is currently where CCG priorities lie.”

The project has also received endorsement, this year, from Rt Hon Lord Keith Bradley, who said This project has all the hallmarks of the positive YSS approach:  a holistic approach to service users, meaningful and flexible engagement, and good knowledge of the work of partner agencies in the local criminal justice system.  Whilst there has been considerable progress nationally since my 2011 review was published, the severity and complexity of need of those in the criminal justice system remains high. YSS have illustrated the importance of co-commissioning and close partnership working between agencies to ensure that a client’s offending history does not act as barrier to access to mental health services. The work of this project shows the value and creativity that a voluntary sector organisation like YSS can provide by working in partnership with the statutory services.’

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