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Practice Development Team honoured at RCNi awards

practicedevelopmentteamwithawardCongratulations go to our Practice Development Team who have been honoured with the Mental Health Practice award at the prestigious Royal College of Nursing Innovation (RCNi) Awards for their ground-breaking work as mental health professionals.

The team – comprising of Susan Burns, Craig Smith, Godwill Tsvamuno and Simon Young - was shortlisted down to five from one hundred entries for this award before winning at a ceremony held in London on Friday 6th May.

The award is for nurses working within the field of mental health who can clearly demonstrate that their initiatives and innovations have improved the mental health clinical care of service users.

Senior Practice Development Nurse, Susan Burns said, "The team is overjoyed to have won. We are a small team totally dedicated to minimising the use of restrictive physical interventions. We feel that this is important to ensure that individuals have the most positive experience possible while being care for.”

Practice Development Team Leader, Craig Smith added, "Winning this award is a great achievement and we have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of our protocols. None of us could believe we won, especially considering the competition that we were against but we're very happy nonetheless."

Sheila Lloyd, Executive Director of Nursing for the Trust, said she was absolutely thrilled that the team had scooped such a high profile award.

"This is truly a wonderful achievement and the team should be very proud," said Sheila.

“Susan, Craig, Godwill and Simon are already highly regarded leaders within their roles at our organisation, but to be recognised at a national level at such a prestigious event really is fantastic. I want to say on behalf of everyone at the Trust – well done!”

The four practice nurses devised and introduced care plans to address violent behaviour and reduce the use of restraint. Working together with service users they developed the Person-Centre Physical Intervention Protocol which identifies measures to reduce crises behaviours. The protocol informs individual plans which help to de-escalate aggressive incidents early and includes details of how restraint can be used safely and respectfully when it is needed.