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On Wednesday 21 December 2016, the North and Central Shropshire Memory Service played host to ‘Old Bones’, a Shropshire based ceilidh band, and volunteers from Blists Hill Victorian Town one of ten museums run by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, for a fun afternoon of traditional Victorian themed carols at Severn Fields Health Village in Shrewsbury.

Carolyn Aberley, a member of the Memory Team and a volunteer at Blists Hill said “We wanted to give users of the service who have mild to moderate dementia and their carers, an opportunity to join together in a fun and friendly social activity. We know that as well as being an enjoyable thing to do, singing and music really do help to unlock memories in dementia suffers”.

The staff on an inpatient mental health ward have been recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to the effective and patient centred care delivered by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Clinical Team of the Year Award
Holly Ward, The Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury
The team includes doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, domestic and administration staff. They all worked together to achieve accreditation by the Royal College of Psychiatrists which demonstrates that they meet the highest possible standards whilst improving and delivering high quality care. To achieve accreditation they had to measure their practice against 310 standards followed by a peer review by a group including professionals, a service user and a carer who spent a day on the ward speaking to people and checking records, policies and procedures.

“Run by the Community for the Community”

Brewood Community Library will formally celebrate its new status as a community managed library with an opening ceremony on Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 3.00pm.

Brewood Community Library is one of eight libraries which are being provided by a team of local volunteers under the management of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and supported by Staffordshire County Council (SCC).

The new arrangements allow Brewood Library to continue to play a strong role in the local community. Library services such as book loans and information provision are still a core part of what’s on offer, but the intention is to work with the community to develop other functions based on what local people want and need.

A team of psychological therapists has been recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to the effective and patient centred care delivered by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Partnership Award
North Staffordshire Wellbeing Service
The North Staffordshire Wellbeing Service is one of the best performing IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) sites nationally with a recovery rate of 64% against a national average of 47%. They are also an example of amazing partnership working between two NHS mental health trusts and the voluntary sector with 53 people working as a strong, cohesive clinical team.

The team prides itself on ensuring that anyone with any mental health problem that can be treated in primary care will receive effective treatment quickly and easily. An appointment is only one phone call away, and people who use the service should experience no stigma and receive as much time and intensity of treatment as they need to recover.

The judges commented “We felt that this entry comprehensively demonstrated partnership working in all elements of the service delivery on a daily basis as well as living the Trust values.”

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