Trust service shortlisted for national award

The Trust’s Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Tier 3.5 has been shortlisted in the mental health category of the 2016 Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

CAMHS Tier 3.5 offers a home treatment style service to children and young people who need extra support that traditional community services cannot provide.

The service, which is currently a pilot funded by Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group, was set up in January 2015 to help alleviate the growing number of hospital admissions of Walsall CAMHS patients and to also provide support to children that are in crisis. Through extended hours and agile working, staff are able to attend to the service users’ needs quickly and in settings that are most conducive to their recovery.

“It’s important that we deliver services in the most efficient way while simultaneously maximising patient benefits and satisfaction,” stated Anne Marie Carey, Head of Early Intervention Services for the Trust.

She elaborated, “Since the inception of this important new service, we have seen a 71 per cent reduction in mental health hospital admissions. This not only provides major cost-savings, but also directly benefits the patients and their carers by allowing them to stay closer to home and their support networks during their most vulnerable times.”
The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by NHS organisations. The awards not only identify excellent use of resources, but they also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives.

The awards ceremony will be held on 24 May 2016 in Manchester.