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“Outstanding” young people’s mental health team win big at national NHS awards

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A Coventry and Warwickshire based team, supporting children and young people who are struggling with their mental health, have won a prestigious national award.

The ‘Think Family Outreach Team’ (TFOT) claimed the Workforce Team of the Year award at the Nursing Times Workforce Awards, beating fierce competition from ten other excellent nominees. The judges were looking for a team which demonstrates innovation, value, leadership, collaboration and adaptability. The Team, which is part of RISE, the children and young people’s mental health service at the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, accepted the award at a ceremony held on 22 November 2022 in London.

Mel Coombes MBE, Chief Executive for Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust said:

“It is fantastic for the Team to have received this award. It really is testament to the outstanding work they do to support children, young people and their families, making sure nobody falls between gaps in our mental health services. This will be a huge source of pride for the Team, for RISE as a whole and for the entire Trust. I look forward to the excellent, innovative work of the Team continuing to benefit the communities we serve.”

The award comes hot on the heels of TFOT being commissioned as a permanent part of the Coventry and Warwickshire RISE family. First set up in January 2021, TFOT supports young people who may require crisis intervention (at home or in hospital) or who are moving from the Home Treatment team into RISE’s community mental health services. By tailoring their offer to each individual and bridging the gap between crisis and core services, TFOT walk alongside young people and their families at a time of vulnerability for them.

Michelle Rudd, Transformation Lead at RISE, said:

“We were all so honoured to be named Workforce Team of the Year. The Team being recognised for their creative approach to supporting our young people in crisis rounds off an excellent year. Having started off this year still battling with COVID restrictions, TFOT is now a permanent, award-winning part of RISE. Looking back on all we have achieved together, we are incredibly proud and that will spur us on do our absolute best to provide the compassionate, high-quality service our young people need.”


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