Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Winning & Thriving

We are pleased to announce that last night Jay Eeles, Clinical Lead and Service Manager of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services’ (CAMHS) Crisis Intervention and Home Treatment Team, received the first ever Cariss Evans Award at the 2020 West Midlands Combined Authority’s Thrive Awards!

Launched this year, the Cariss Evans Award is presented to those who deliver innovative and creative mental health support in community based CAMHS for children, young people and their families / carers.

The award is in recognition of Cariss Evans, a former member of our Trust who inspired people through her work as a community based mental health nurse for CAMHS and sadly passed away in October 2018 following.

Jay Eeles was shortlisted for this award thanks to her research and innovative efforts in overhauling crisis care within the Trust and leading the Crisis Intervention and Home Treatment Team, which responds quickly and intensively to children and young people, and their families and carers.

The awards ceremony took place at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich Albion Football Club and celebrates the ground breaking work being done across the region to improve mental health and wellbeing. The prestigious award was presented by Cariss Evan’s parents.  Unfortunately Jay couldn’t attend last night’s ceremony thus her award was accepted on her behalf by our Chief Executive Mark Axcell.

Along with Jay, volunteer Pat Brown and Crumble the therapy dog were also shortlisted finalists in the Black Country Mental Health Star category. Whilst they didn’t win this time, the therapy work they do at Penn Hospital is seen to have a significant impact on the patients and staff on the wards. 

A massive congratulations and well done to Jay, Pat and Crumble!