The Trust is delighted that a project for patients at Rampton Hospital has won a prestigious National Service User Award, in the Excellence in Co-Production Category.
Transitional Stories was a project run on Brecon, the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in the Personality Disorder Service at Rampton Hospital. The initiative encouraged individuals to talk about their experiences of life on a PICU, helping to challenge stigma and self-stigmatisation.
Patients started by creating Brecon Babushkas, designing three images to illustrate how they wanted to be seen; how they thought they were viewed by others; and how they felt deep down, what others rarely saw. As well as helping patients connect at the beginning of the group, the Babushkas also helped them to realise that they were not alone with many of their feelings. They then went on to design and develop boards that illustrated the role of Brecon.
Rachael Humpston, Lead Specialist Occupational Therapist on Brecon said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won a National Service User Award. Transitional Stories has been such a rewarding project to work on, for service users and staff alike. We are delighted it has been recognised at a national level.”
The National High Secure Healthcare Services for Women at Rampton Hospital was also shortlisted, along with Cannock and Coniston Wards at Arnold Lodge.
Dr Sue Elcock, Executive Medical Director/ Executive Director of Forensic Services said: “I am thrilled that the work on Brecon has been recognised with this award; it really highlights the great work that is being done jointly with colleagues and service users to improve service users care and experience.
“Congratulations also to our National High Secure Healthcare Services, Cannock and Coniston colleagues who very much deserve recognition for the work they’re doing across the Trust. Everyone involved has worked so hard on all of these projects, which have all had such a positive impact on our service users.”
The National Service User Awards were held virtually on 21 September. Visit https://www.nsua.org/about/ for the full list of finalists and winners.