The increased attention afforded to mental health in the past couple of years was overdue. Yet the reality is innovators in the NHS have long been working away – often out of the spotlight – to improve care for the one in four of us who experience mental ill health in any given year.
Could computers help deliver cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to more people who need it? How can social networking help reduce isolation among those suffering mental health problems? Could prescriptions for exercise and other activities be as effective as one for anti-depressants? All of these and more are being explored by individuals keen to ensure the need for mental healthcare is met.
This award is about seeking out the innovation that is leading the way in delivering better services, empowering service users, putting them at the centre of care, engaging the community and reducing stigma.
This award is open to all NHS organisations, teams and services delivering positive outcomes for mental health patients.