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Somerset NHS shortlisted for national mental health award

SOMERSET NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious mental health trust of the year award by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) for a second year running.

This year judges said they wanted to recognise NHS trusts that kept a focus on outcomes and staff wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to provide outstanding and safe care for patients.

They are also recognising NHS trusts that offer excellent, patient-centric care, built on strong engagement between clinicians within and beyond the organisation.

Jane Yeandle, Somerset FT’s service director for mental health and learning disabilities, said she was thrilled that Somerset FT has been shortlisted in the ‘mental health trust of the year’ category of the HSJ Awards for the second year in a row.

She said: “We’re so proud to have again reached the final for the second year running.

Open Mental Health

“The HSJ awards judges have recognised the ongoing work we’ve been doing throughout the pandemic to develop a close partnership with our third and voluntary sector partners in Somerset as part of the Open Mental Health alliance.

“Open Mental Health is a Somerset alliance of local voluntary organisations, the NHS and social care. We are working in partnership to ensure that residents of Somerset get the support they need, when they need it.

We really feel that this national recognition is not only for our NHS trust, but all the organisations in Somerset that make up the Open Mental Health alliance. One of the flagship Open Mental Health services – our partnership with Mindline, which runs a 24/7 mental health helpline that’s open to people of all ages – has been a huge success. The service regularly takes 3,000 calls every month.

Judges were also impressed with how we have been able to maintain all our existing mental health services, and even introduce innovative new services, despite the challenges of lockdown, PPE and social distancing.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 18.

Anybody who needs mental health support can call Mindline Somerset on 01823 276892 or 0800 138 1692, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email support@openmentalhealth.org.uk

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