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Northern Healthcare recognises mental health nursing

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By using a range of initiatives and technology, Northern Healthcare is able to offer people with mental ill health a supported living environment to help them stay out of hospital

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NHS Lothian (above) was the winner of the Nursing in Mental Health category

The 31 October saw the results of months of nominations, interviews and preparation for the annual Nursing Times Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The finalists, their colleagues and families gathered to enjoy a welcoming champagne reception followed by a three-course meal mixed with awards and accolades to the overall winner from each of the categories. 

Enormous, and well-deserved, congratulations to all the nominees and winners at the awards. This year the entrants set the bar high in describing the excellent care and innovation nurses are responsible for. The evening is a truly inspiring one, whereby recognition is rightly given to those who achieve despite the challenges they, and the wider sector of nursing, face. 

Everyone in mental health care can make a ground-breaking difference to accepted standards and ways of working. Northern Healthcare supports those who can foresee and action this vision and act upon challenging the status quo, which is fundamentally clear in this year’s winners.  

Northern Healthcare provides bespoke, forward-thinking, supported living tenancies in the community to ensure effective mental health recovery with access to a 24-hour multidisciplinary service. The services offered in all its facilities are centred on the resident’s needs and the provision of high-quality residential living in a friendly and secure environment. Northern Healthcare has core values that ensure the resident and their long-term recovery is at the heart of process and provides the best for residents. The core values include: individual care pathways, robust risk management, promotion of choice, valuing and involving, listening, and adopting to individual preferences. 

NHS Lothian, based in the Scottish Lowlands was the winner of the 2018 Nursing in Mental Health category. NHS Lothian provides an alternative to hospital admission for older people. A nurse-led rapid response team was established following a reduction in psychiatric hospital beds for people over 65 in Edinburgh and as part of the Scottish Government’s 2020 vision, which focuses on promoting recovery in the community. 

The team provides specialist care in the community as an alternative to hospital for older people. This is the first project of its kind in Scotland and, since its inception, the average length of hospital stay has reduced by 44%, length of stay in dementia assessment wards by 27% and the team has presented over 290 admissions. 

Noel Tracey, chief executive of Northern Healthcare, has been a practising mental health nurse since 1987. He currently leads the clinical team in the development of the service. Mr Tracey’s previous positions include founding director of the first intensive support community service delivering care at home, and operations director of one of the largest private hospital groups, whereby he led the group to achieving a 100% Care Quality Commission compliance rating across 12 sites with 100% occupancy.

Northern Healthcare understands the pressures faced by today’s nurses and works closely in partnership with Eirmed.

Eirmed is unique, mobile-first software designed to address the enormous organisational and administrative challenges that go hand in hand with care provision. Interactive and very easy to use, Eirmed provides each individual user, whether support worker or business owner, with a highly relevant and appropriate view of what they need to know, what they need to do, how, when and for whom. Limitlessly customisable, GDPR and regulatory compliant, able to manage care planning, staff management, financial analysis and more, Eirmed offers an unprecedented way for providers of every size and complexity to deliver state-of-the-art care and support services more efficiently and effectively.

The arena of mental health care is moving through a challenging time with pressures mounting, but that does not stop key visionaries battling against these obstacles to look towards long-term recovery as an economic viable alternative to short- and long-term hospital stays. 

Mr Tracey comments: “The finalists in this year’s Nursing in Mental Health category are truly outstanding and make me proud to be a part of this arena. NHS Lothian and the vision it has and has actioned truly are clear to see – and Northern Healthcare along with our partners Eirmed are thrilled to be able to recognise this achievement.” 

To find out more about nursing as part of a supported living environment and opportunities within Northern Healthcare please call the team at Northern Healthcare on 0161 974 7210 or visit 

To find out more about Eirmed as healthcare software please visit

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