Health service recognised for commitment to keeping young minds healthy

A Stockport children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing service has won an award to recognise the dedicated service it provides.

Healthy Young Minds Stockport PoCHealthy Young Minds Stockport, part of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, won one of the Trust’s Principles of Care Awards for their outstanding commitment to excellent care.

The service won the Specialist Services Division award for how they involved children, young people, parents and carers in transforming the service.

As part of this they established a young person’s participation group, which meets monthly, and helps to improve the services through the eyes of young people.

Some of the group’s work has been to re-design waiting areas, treatment rooms and furniture, to make a virtual video tour of the department, and to run question and answer sessions with staff via social media.

The service also set up a local project group, which has parents and carers as core members and runs steering groups and looks at ways to improve the service.

Parents in Partnership (PIPS), Stockport’s parent and carer forum, recently award the service an ‘Ambassadors in Co-production Award’, for seeking their input in their service developments.

Healthy Young Minds Stockport teamJenni Willbourn is Operational Manager for Healthy Young Minds Stockport. She said: “We recognised that we’re based in the hospital and weren’t as well integrated with other services as we could be, so we’ve been working hard to change that.

“This is either by giving training to other services and schools, or by involving young people, parents and carers. This is because we think they know best about what young people need and the changes we need to make to our service.”

The service received their Principles of Care Award at Pennine Care’s Annual General Meeting on September 28 at Lancashire Cricket Club.

A short video about the good work of Healthy Young Minds Stockport was screened for the first time at the ceremony.

This video can be viewed on Pennine Care’s YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM09VxEmlTI

Healthy Young Minds is a specialist service which provides assessment and support for those aged up to 16 years (19 years for some parts of the service) who have mental health or emotional wellbeing issues.

For more information on Healthy Young Minds please visit:  healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/