Cheshire and Wirral NHS Trust win national mental health award

CHESHIRE and the Wirral Partnership Trust Foundation (CWP) have won the prestigious Mental Health Award.

CWP won “Innovation of the Year” at this year’s 2022 National Health Service Journal Awards.

The HSJ Awards took place on Thursday, November 17, providing the opportunity to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of healthcare.

The CWP Team in Learning and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Acquired Brain Injury, Children, Youth and Families won the Mental Health Innovations of the Year for their work on the Dynamic Support Database – Clinical Support Tool (DSD-CST).

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The DSD-CST was developed to support the Commissioner’s initial responsibilities in keeping up-to-date information on people in the community allowing hospital services to provide increased levels of support to people with autism and people with intellectual disabilities at risk of inpatient admission.

The tool developed provides a red/amber/green rating and clinically prioritizes individuals with regard to their risk of admission to mental health hospitals. The tool allows commissioners to maintain a database of people at risk of admission and allows for any changes that need to be reflected in the individual’s needs.

This project has greatly improved needs recognition, enabling more timely support as well as easier access to intensive support for those who need it, reducing inpatient admissions and shortening the length of inpatient stay for those who require this level of support.

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It is the only validated and reliable measure for assessing the need for admission recommended by NHS England.

Since its development, services across the North West and further afield in England have carried out the use or investigation of the tool.

The Health Service Journal said: “The approach to change and the level of penetration of this innovation was particularly impressive, as was the approach to collecting impact data.

“This was an altruistic and passionate project where the clear goal was to make a real difference.”

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Tim Welch, CEO of CWP, said: “On behalf of everyone at CWP, I want to congratulate everyone involved in the Dynamic Support Database project – a clinical support tool.

“Everyone at the Trust is very proud of their accomplishments.

“Their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of people in the Neuro Divergent community sets a very high bar for everyone who works in health and social care.

“Ensuring the best possible care is provided to the communities we serve is CWP’s number one priority, and this project extends that philosophy to the entire Northwest and beyond.”


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