Media attention and public awareness of mental health issues has rapidly increased over recent years. Many commitments were made in the NHS Long Term Plan towards mental health, and the sector has been promised an additional £2.3bn of funding by 2023-24. These commitments and funding were much-needed, especially given the additional strain on resources we see following the Covid-19 crisis and resulting UK lockdowns.
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.
This award is about seeking out the innovation that is leading the way in delivering better services, empowering service users to put them at the centre of care, engaging the community and reducing stigma.
This award is open to all NHS and public sector organisations, teams and services delivering positive outcomes for mental health patients.