25 August 2021

Liverpool CAMHS online referral form SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2021 HSJ AWARDS

We’re delighted to announce that the Liverpool  CAMHS online referral form has been shortlisted for

Mental Health Innovation of The Year

at the HSJ Awards 2021, recognising their outstanding contribution to healthcare – in what has been an exceptional and challenging period across the sector.

Despite the demanding circumstances of the past 18 months, over 1000 entries have been received for this year’s HSJ Awards, with 205 organisations, projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist. The volume and standards of applications have been a true testament to those health and social care staff, who continue to push outstanding work and transformational projects across the sector.

The judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including Sir Bruce Keogh (Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT); Marie Gabriel CBE (Chair, NHS Race and Health Observatory); and former HSJ Trust of the Year winners Ann Marr OBE (Chief Executive, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust) and Richard Mitchell (Chief Executive, Sherwood Forest Hospitals FT).

Following the intense and in-depth judging process, Alder Hey Innovations Team was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held later this year (November 18th). Standing out amongst tough competition from hundreds of other exemplary applicants, the online referral form was selected based on ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that our project will have on both patient and staff experiences.

Alder Hey’s innovation team have worked closely with CAMHS partners, service users; children and young people & their families and mental health providers (across the NHS and 3rd sector) to develop the Liverpool CAMHS Platform that makes accessing the right mental health services much easier.

The new platform allows just one referral form linking a wide range of mental health services across Liverpool, who work in partnership together. Previously, the referral process has been long, complicated and difficult to navigate. It is the first time mental health services have been integrated in this way in the UK.

Quote from spokesperson/project leader

Lisa Nolan, Programme Manager for children and young people’s mental health at Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We are so thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award. This recognition really does reflect the collaborative efforts and dedication of our colleagues who have worked so hard to successfully deliver this project. Knowing that there was such stiff competition this year really does make this announcement feel like a wonderful achievement for everyone involved.”

HSJ editor Alistair McLellan, comments “On behalf of all my colleagues, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Alder Hey’s Innovation Team and Liverpool and Sefton CAMHS on being nominated in the category of Mental Health Innovation of the Year, in this year’s HSJ Awards. The applications we receive always present our panel of judges with a very difficult task as the standard is unfailingly high and the breadth of innovation and passion for patient care is always so inspiring.

“This year, we really have been overwhelmed with the level of entries, particularly when set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the huge challenges faced by our health and social care workforce.

“We are therefore looking forward to welcoming all our finalists to the live ceremony in November and joining us in celebrating their incredible achievements and commitment to excellence.”

The full list of nominees for the HSJ Awards 2021 can be found on https://awards.hsj.co.uk/shortlist-2021.

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution, London on November 18th 2021





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