An inspirational Oxford Health team and a dedicated ward matron will find out tonight if they have won prestigious prizes in the PPIMH National Older People’s Mental Health and Dementia Awards 2019

The South Oxfordshire Older Adult Community Mental Health Team (CMHT), based at Abingdon Community Hospital, has been shortlisted in the team of the year category in the national awards.

And Laura Parsons, who is the ward matron for older adult mental health acute inpatients services at the Fulbrook Centre in Oxford, is in the running for the staff member of the year.

Twelve categories, all celebrating the nation’s most positive people and services in dementia and older people’s mental health, will be awarded at a glitzy presentation event in Bristol.

Julie Fulea, senior matron in OAMH and interventional psychiatry nominated Laura for the award. She said: “We are incredibly proud of her and all our colleagues in the South CMHT.

“Laura is passionate about our patients and older people’s mental health and has been instrumental in developing and creating a ward with a very therapeutic focus. It’s a place that delivers excellent care and a ward where our staffing is the best ever.”

The South CMHT nomination recognises the team’s commitment to consistently delivering high quality care to patients and carers.

The PPIMH collaborative is a user-led multi agency collaborative of 75 organisations, including NHS Trusts, CCG’s, police services, third sector providers, front line charities and service user groups. And it is endorsed by NHS England and Combined Health NHS Trust.