Innovation in Mental Health
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.
- A clear rationale for the innovation
- An explanation of how the innovation drew on existing best practice
- Evidence the innovation has led to improved patient care, improved experience, improved outcomes and/or improved value for money. This must have a quantitative aspect, but can include qualitative feedback as well.
- Innovations which have already embedded and spread to other departments, settings or organisations. Alternatively, clear evidence the work is potentially replicable and scalable.
- Evidence the innovation has delivered financial savings alongside improved patient experience.
- Quantitative evidence of improved value should be supplied.
- An explanation of how an innovation culture has been nurtured within the team or organisation
- Patient involvement in the innovation
- Teams and organisations working with an array of partners