Hampshire mental health service shortlisted for multiple awards at national healthcare awards ceremony

A specialist mental health service for children and young people in Hampshire has been shortlisted in multiple categories at a national healthcare awards ceremony.

Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), which is provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been shortlisted three times for the 2019 HSJ Awards, an annual awards ceremony which celebrates excellence in healthcare throughout the NHS and wider health sector.

In the Digitising Patient Services Initiative category, Hampshire CAMHS has been shortlisted for its website, www.hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk, which was launched in 2018 to help children and young people across the county learn more about their mental health and emotional wellbeing and find out where to get support.

The site has three individual areas; one for young people, one for parents and carers and one for professionals, which give information and top tips about how to manage and where to get help and support for some of the key mental health difficulties and concerns that young people might experience as they grow up, including depression, anxiety and eating difficulties.

Hampshire CAMHS has also been shortlisted for two separate projects in the Mental Health Innovation of the Year category, for its work in the ICE Project and their PACE Parent and Carer events.

The ICE Project (which stands for Inspire, Create and Exchange) is an innovative arts and culture programme delivered by Hampshire Cultural Trust and Hampshire CAMHS. The project works with young people to help get them involved in arts activities which can support them with their mental health, how they express themselves, and giving them a forum to share their ideas and experiences.

PACE (Parent and Carers events) are free events across the county for people to come and get information and advice about where to get support if their child is experiencing difficulties with their mental health. Workshops cover various topics including anxiety management, supporting a young person with eating difficulties and supporting a child with challenging behaviour.

Hampshire CAMHS provides specialist assessment, treatment and support to children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties, such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

Helen Dove, Innovation and Participation Lead for Hampshire CAMHS, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be finalists for the HSJ awards, along with being proud and very shocked.

“This feels like such a huge validation for all the hard work that we have put in to these projects. It’s really exciting and we can’t wait to be part of a celebration with so many other amazing national innovations.”  

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Battersea Evolution in London on Wednesday 6 November 2019.

For more information about the HSJ Awards, go to www.awards.hsj.co.uk.