Heathfield House staff scoop highly commended award

A Stockport mental health rehabilitation unit has won an award for their efforts to prepare service users for life back in the community.

Moving on Group CARESThe ‘Moving On Group’ is based at Heathfield House, part of Pennine Care. They scooped one of the Trust’s CARES Awards for their outstanding commitment to excellent care.

The award was in recognition of them promoting a range of different activities to aid with rehabilitation – particularly those focused on education and exercise.

Research suggests that people with severe mental illness are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

To help combat this, staff at Heathfield House came up with ways to encourage service users to develop a routine of regular exercise.

This included partnering with Stockport County Football Club Community Foundation to provide weekly training sessions, and a 10,000 steps for ten days challenge - where staff and service users split into three teams and competed together.

The team was also commended for supporting service users with educational opportunities in the community, such as a woodwork course at college and giving presentations to university students.

Pennine Care’s judging panel was so impressed with the Moving On Group they named them the ‘highly commended’ runner up out of 61 nominations from across the Trust.

Cathleen Liu, Senior Occupational Therapist, said: “We focus on helping service users to develop a resilient lifestyle to prevent further health problems.

“We use different activities, depending on service user’s interests, to help them build the skills to live independently and safely in the community.

“We’re delighted to have received a CARES Award and it’s a credit to the dedication that our service users show towards their own rehabilitation.”

A video about the service can be viewed on Pennine Care’s YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FevvLfYT8Lo

Heathfield House is part of Pennine Care’s Rehabilitation and High Support Directorate (RHSD). For more information about the RHSD, visit: www.penninecare.nhs.uk/rhsd