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Innovation in Mental Health

Awarded to NHS organisations which have made progress in improving the experience and overall care of mental health patients.

2022 Winner: NHS South, Central and West - Children & Young Peoples Referral Management System Tool

Originally developed in partnership by NHS England, the Children & Young People’s Referral Management System Tool provides an efficient and accessible approach to modelling, maximising outputs and reflecting the current needs of those working in the specialist field of children’s mental health. Coupled with local intelligence, the modelling means that services can adequately plan their resources and effectively meet what is often an increasingly fluctuating demand.


Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust - Healthy Outcomes for People with Eating disorders
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust - Mindline
North Bristol NHS Trust - Mental Health Planned Assessment Clinic
Pennine Care / Greater Manchester Police - Mental Health Joint Response service

2021 Winner
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust - The Life Rooms

Within two weeks of the lockdown being introduced, Life Rooms, run by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, transferred their health and well-being programmes online and supported patients and the local community via telephone or guided them to clinical support when necessary. Between April 2020 and March 2021, the initiatives included 461 Zoom learning sessions helping people with their health and well-being, which generated over 20,000 views.


Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust - Peer Support Service
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust - Staff Mental Health Service
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - Gardening/Royal Horticultural Society
Yorkshire Ambulance Service - Mental Health Response Vehicle

2020 Winner
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust runs the CONNECT: West Yorkshire Adult Eating Disorders Service, which provides early intervention, outpatient, inpatient and intensive home-based treatment for people aged 18 and over with eating disorders from across West Yorkshire. In order to meet national guidelines and restrictions the service had to make some significant changes to how care and support was delivered, including innovations in the use of social media channels and other methods to keep in touch with users.

London Ambulance Service
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
ICU Steps/Scottish Government
South London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust


2019 Winner

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust / Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership - Oxford Safe Haven

The Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership (OHMP) is six local mental health organisations from the NHS and the charity sector: Connection Floating Support, Elmore Community Services, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxfordshire Mind, Response and Restore. OMHP supports more than 6,000 people in the county each year through its recovery programme. The Partnership has created a number of schemes which are benefitting the lives of people living with mental ill health. These include Oxford Safe Haven which offers residents over 18 who are experiencing a mental health crisis out of hours crisis support, physical activity, help with employment for people who have experience psychosis and advice on benefits.

Innovation in Mental Health 2019 Winner: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust / Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership


North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust - A&E Mental Health project
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: the Wellbeing Matters service
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Clinical Psychology Cancer Service

2018 Winner

Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation NHS Trust

HPFT drama therapist Gerald Maiello created ‘May Contain Nuts’, which is made up of service users who’ve completed their therapy provided by HPFT, but wish to continue using drama to understand their own experiences, as well as to spread awareness about mental illness and treatment. Based in Watford, the company offers thought‐provoking workshops and productions for schools, universities and other organisations. Themes explore sensitive and often painful subjects including self‐harm, what it’s like to live with suicidal thoughts and various personality disorders which are inspired by their real‐life experiences. The project has been supported by the University of Hertfordshire, Roehampton University and actor, theatre director, and playwright Sir Mark Rylance.

Innovation in Mental Health 2018 Winner: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust / Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership


NHS Mid Essex CCG
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT)
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

2017 Winner

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust leads a pioneering five-year programme to tackling the poor physical health of people with severe mental health conditions. Physical Health Skills Passports document the specific training the Trust’s nurses now undergo in assessing and treating conditions such as diabetes and lung disease - significantly more prevalent in serious mental health conditions. 18 specific improvement outcomes are targeted.

Innovation in Mental Health 2017 Winner: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust / Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership


South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

2016 Winner

Office of London CCGs

The EIP London Programme aimed to prepare Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) teams and CCGs for the new standard introduced on 1 April 2016, and to ensure that more than 50 per cent of people across London are commencing NICE-concordant treatment within two weeks of referral. The success of the programme required frontline staff and senior level buy in. EI teams are reporting higher numbers of referrals and investment into EI teams has grown across London.

Innovation in Mental Health 2016 Winner: Office of London CCGs


Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - South West Zero Suicide Collaborative
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group - Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership (OMHP)
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Mind Matters
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Suicide prevention
Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust - First Response service


2015 Winner

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

The winner developed a 'Street Triage' pilot last year that sees mental health professionals work with the police, sharing relevant information which helped to advert a person's attempt to end their own life on nine occasions and was responsible for savings in excess of £130,000.


NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG
Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust