Karen Lascelles speaks at suicide prevention conference

Karen Lascelles speaks at suicide prevention conference

Oxford Health NHS FT’s suicide awareness training has been shortlisted for an award at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

It was nominated in the Improving Outcomes through Learning and Development category. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 18 November.

Oxford Health NHS FT’s suicide awareness programme was designed to make sure all mental health and community health staff had awareness and understanding of why people die by suicide. More than 500 people across the trust have now received the training, which also works to make sure staff have the confidence to work preventatively against suicide.

Suicide prevention lead nurse Karen Lascelles said: “This has been a very rewarding piece of work. Staff across the trust have been supportive of the initiative and enthusiastic in their learning.

“Some teams, notably Aylesbury AMHT, Psychological Services, EDPS and South Locality Older Adult CMHT are now working on practice improvement as a result of the training.

“A number of staff have been involved in the delivery of the training and particular thanks goes to Jo Wilkinson and Sheryl Denman-Taylor from Psychological Services, Fiona Brand from EDPS, Gerry Shepherd, Hazel Gunning and Carol Gee from the Practice Educators team, Dr Mark Hancock, deputy medical director, suicide prevention project facilitator Matt Williams, CRAM facilitator, Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar, forensic psychiatrist, and Melsina MacKaza, senior lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire.”

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, is the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.

The awards were created in 1981 to recognise, on a national platform, the projects and initiatives that deliver healthcare excellence and innovation. By shining a spotlight on cutting-edge innovations and best practice, the awards give impetus to improving the quality of health care in the UK.

This year, over 600 unique organisations submitted over 1600 entries. The shortlisted organisations, will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said: “The NHS is experiencing one of the toughest periods in its 67 year history, with demand and expectation rising and funding in short supply.

“The fact that the HSJ Awards has seen the biggest ever increase in entries shows the service remains undaunted in its mission to provide world beating patient care.”