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A team offering early intervention for children and young people with anxiety or low mood has been recognised for exceptional partnership working.

The Wellbeing Practitioners are a partnership of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Youth Emotional Support Service (YESS) and provide evidence based interventions in the Staffordshire community, including at local schools.

This innovative service encourages participation by young people and offers a flexible approach guided by school students and staff. The importance of mental health support in schools is part of a newly announced consultation on “Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision a Green Paper”. The Wellbeing Practitioners’ service is an excellent example of how the NHS, third sector and schools can work together to promote children and young people’s mental health, an approach which is very much endorsed by the proposals in the Green Paper. You can find out more about the Green Paper’s proposals at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-proposals-on-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health .

The Positively Different Awards are designed to recognise exceptional contributions to service, by individuals and teams, by clinical and non clinical staff. Over 165 nominations were received for the 11 awards and following a rigorous process, supported by some of the Trust’s Governor Members, the best entries were shortlisted, only finding out if they were winners on the night.

The Partnership Award recognises where working in partnership is clearly shown to improve the life of others. The judges commented that “the Wellbeing Practitioners clearly demonstrated effective collaboration to deliver a new and innovative service which embodies the Trust values of putting the service user at the heart of everything we do”.

380 local NHS staff attended the event, held on 9 November 2017 at the Staffordshire County Showground, which is also an important opportunity for sharing good practice and helping staff to understand their role in the wider service. South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare provides mental health, learning disability and specialist children’s services locally, but also psychological therapies; drug and alcohol services in prisons; and care for serving MOD personnel across the country.

Neil Carr, Chief Executive said “One of the Trust’s core principles is that we value our staff. We know that we cannot deliver effective services without well trained and supported staff and believe that offering real recognition in the form of this awards ceremony has a real part to play in creating an enthusiastic, committed and confident workforce.”

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