Mental Health Services Award - HSJ Value Awards 2019
Mental health has often been referred to as the ‘Cinderella service’ of the NHS, neglected and ignored. Yet one in four of us will suffer from a mental health problem at some point during our lifetime, and the impact on physical ill health on mental wellbeing can also be significant.
This award will highlight existing and continuing successes in mental health services, celebrating the individuals, teams and organisations already delivering excellent value despite funding challenges. We seek entries from providers, commissioners and partner organisations alike.
Focus should be given to initiatives which have delivered efficient services with demonstrably sustainable levels of service delivery excellence with reductions in variation and value for money despite funding restrictions. Organisations which have vision, staff engagement in solutions and collaboration with external stakeholders to deliver well managed patient outcomes whilst always looking for improvements.
NHS organisations, teams and departments, collaborations between interested parties for example charities, local authorities, the police and voluntary organisations. Judges are looking for excellence in service delivery with minimal variation and patient centric management with positive patient outcomes.
- An explanation of the mental health landscape for the which the team or organisation have responsibility
- Targets, objectives and outcomes in terms of efficiency, reduction in variation, engagement with stakeholders and patient results
- An explanation of how the project plan was informed by existing best practice or evidence
- A commitment to the parity of esteem agenda
- A demonstrable focus on patient safety alongside efficiency improvements
Describe in detail the outcomes, including patient experience but with focus on how system improvements, collaborations and integration with stakeholders and efficiency drives have created value. Provide supporting evidence demonstrating patient outcomes versus targets and financial impacts.
Have the team shared their experiences with other units, organisations or departments? What elements are replicable and scalable and what efforts are being made to share best practice?
Clear evidence the work has improved value in mental health services. Of interest will be projects which have simultaneously delivered financial savings or prudency and improved patient experience – creating value for taxpayers and patients alike. Quantitative evidence of improved value should be supplied alongside testimonials from stakeholders and where relevant patients.
Explanations of collaborations, integrated care structures, work with carers and care organisations and local authorities. How were agreements reached and how were the relevant teams formed and managed for the benefit of patients and to create better structures and efficiencies around mental health provision.