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Promoting Social Inclusion Award

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Winner: Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust

From day centres to a peripatetic team with a vision – promoting community inclusion for people with learning disabilities: Facing the closure of two day centres, the winning team, presented by Carol Trill (pictured) from Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust, set up a peripatetic service for people with learning disabilities. Working with the residential care homes involved, the team provides individualised activities for each of their 96 clients. One service user commented: ‘It’s better now than when l used to go to the day centre. I like the person who works with me from the new team, she listens to what l want to do and helps me do things that are important to me. She helps me learn new things as well.’

Winner: Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust

From day centres to a peripatetic team with a vision – promoting community inclusion for people with learning disabilities: Facing the closure of two day centres, the winning team, presented by Carol Trill (pictured) from Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust, set up a peripatetic service for people with learning disabilities. Working with the residential care homes involved, the team provides individualised activities for each of their 96 clients. One service user commented: ‘It’s better now than when l used to go to the day centre. I like the person who works with me from the new team, she listens to what l want to do and helps me do things that are important to me. She helps me to learn new things as well.’

The judges described the work as ‘a beautifully orchestrated project’ which they thought was ‘creative, innovative and responsive’. They liked the fact that the team had turned a negative into a positive – the launching of the peripatetic team. The change led to a service that was more user-sensitive, allowing individuals to develop a personalised curriculum of activities. The service change also led to a £350,000 annual saving.

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Finalists

Bolton PCT
360 Bolton young people’s alcohol and substance misuse service: This programme combines services for young people referred for alcohol and substance misuse with a range of holistic health services, including sexual health and contraceptive services, immunisations and acute and chronic ill health interventions.

Hampshire PCT
Reducing inequalities for vulnerable groups at risk of death or injury from fire: A formal partnership was set up between the PCT and the fire service to help reach those not normally accessed by the fire prevention service. The Fire and Rescue Service now provide a full home fire safety check, education, escape plans and 10-year detectors for vulnerable people referred through the partnership.

North East Lincolnshire PCT
The support outreach service team – addressing the general health and social needs of substance users, families and carers: Substance users often put their health needs at a low priority, leading to general health problems possibly linked to their substance use. This outreach multi-agency team aims to address these unmet needs and encourages service users and families to integrate into universal health and social care services.

Stockport PCT
Community breastfeeding peer support project: Faced with a local breastfeeding rate of only 24%, the team set up a peer support programme, training and skilling local mothers in offering support and advice to new mothers. Over 15 mothers now provide support to around 250 new mothers and pregnant women. Breastfeeding rates have doubled and are now close to the national average.

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Judges

- Kathryn Godfrey, clinical editor, Nursing Times
- Cheryll Adams, acting lead professional officer, Unite
- Sarah Cowley, head of public health, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London
- Angela Roberts, joint service development manager, Children’s Services, Wrexham Local Health Board

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Sponsored by Unite

Unite warmly congratulates Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust on winning this category. It is truly well-deserved. Unite is proud to have sponsored this particular category at these prestigious awards.

Unite members working in the community make a valuable contribution in the area of public health and social inclusion, and this is a wonderful opportunity for innovative work to be celebrated.

Unite campaigns ceaselessly to enhance the pay and employment conditions of its members, as well as promoting their professional concerns. www.unitetheunion.com

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