KMPT scoops top Royal College of Psychiatry Award

Date: 14 November 2018

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A service at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) has been awarded the highest level of achievement in psychiatry by a key professional medical body.

The Peer Supported Open Dialogue Service, based in Canterbury, won the Royal College of Psychiatry’s prestigious Psychiatric Team of the Year Award (working age adults). They were presented with their trophy by presenter, Victoria Derbyshire.

Open Dialogue is a mental health treatment model that originated in Finland in the 1980s and has led to results around recovery, return to employment and reduced medication.

The team were praised by judges for 'leading the way' in developing a new approach to the care and treatment of patients presenting for the first time with severe mental health problems. The service provides a consistent and co-created understanding of mental distress by accessing people's social networks to strengthen recovery and maintain wellbeing.

Professor Catherine Kinane, Executive Medical Director commenting on the team’s win said: “This is brilliant recognition for colleagues who work tirelessly to improve the lives of people with serious mental health needs. The Award is a great achievement for our trust. The multidisciplinary team led by Yasmin Ishaq, Open Dialogue Service Lead have worked so hard to embed this innovation and deliver excellent patient care.”

The Award is the latest national recognition for the Open Dialogue service who were Highly Commended at the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards last month.

An article showcasing the further developments for the Open Dialogue team will feature in the Winter issue of KMPT’s magazine Connected, out week commencing 26 November.

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