Mental health project shortlisted for second award

Date: 24 March 2017

Mental Health Street Triage

What’s better than being shortlisted for one prestigious award? How about two? Well that’s what the fantastic Mental Health Street Triage (MHST) team in Bedfordshire and Luton have found out this week.

Last month we told you that how MHST was shortlisted for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare award. Now we are pleased to announce that the team have been shortlisted in the Mental Health Category at the Patient Safety Awards, due to be held in July in Manchester.

The MHST is a partnership between us, Bedfordshire Police, between East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group and mental health charities Mind, BLMK, and Samaritans.

The team attend incidents where there is an immediate threat to life – someone threatening to self-harm, or commit suicide – or where a third party has called the police or ambulance and expressed concern for someone. Police and ambulance control rooms contact the team direct and signpost them to incidents.

Lisa Merkitt said: “It is a privilege to be shortlisted for another prestigious award, one that we as a team are immensely proud of. The team works tirelessly to provide a crucial and innovative service to patients across the whole of Bedfordshire.”

Gail Dearing, project lead for East London NHS Trust (ELFT), said: “This is a frontline service making a genuine difference in helping people experiencing a mental health crisis. These award nominations are fitting recognition for the amazing work of the triage team and will help further promote discussion, awareness and understanding about mental health.”

Robert Labe from Bedford Samaritans said: "The Mental Health Street Triage service has demonstrated how, with the right support and by adopting a partnership and multi-agency approach, a real impact can be made on supporting people with mental health problems and those with suicidal thoughts at the time it is needed and also longer term. Everyone involved has shown dedication and enthusiasm for the Mental Health Street Triage service and has wanted it to be a success."

 Matthew Tait, Accountable Officer, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) said: “We are delighted that this excellent example of partnership working has once again been recognised for its innovative approach. Putting the patient at the heart of our decisions is key to the BCCG. This scheme is making a positive difference to those who experience a mental health crisis, ensuring they receive the most appropriate care as quickly as possible and is testament to the dedication of the teams working together to deliver this.”

  • Summary:

    What’s better than being shortlisted for one prestigious award? How about two? Well that’s what the fantastic Mental Health Street Triage (MHST) team in Bedfordshire and Luton have found out this week.