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 are likely to see following the Covid-19 crisis and resulting UK lockdowns.
Continuous improvements to liaison psychiatry, community services, children and young people’s services, crisis services, and many more are required to ensure the nation’s mental health outcomes remain on par with physical health. Innovative new ways of thinking in areas such as suicide prevention, service digitisation, social prescription, and the reduction in restrictive practice are being adopted by organisations across the country keen to ensure that the need for mental healthcare is met.
These innovations and improvements cannot be effectively delivered without the support of the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. This award will recognise the partnerships enabling the delivery of better mental health services, putting patients at the centre of care, engaging the community and reducing stigma.
- This award is open to any private or not-for-profit business which works in partnership with an NHS organisation to deliver mental health services, or within a mental health setting
- These can be single partnerships or joint working projects, but must demonstrate evidence from the past two years up until the awards deadline date