Mental health project shortlisted for three national awards

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Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board (BLMK ICB)’s Shine Wellbeing Prescription programme is celebrating after being shortlisted in three categories at two different forthcoming awards ceremonies.

The triple shortlisting – in the Improving Mental Health Through Digital category at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Digital Awards, and both the Innovation of the Year and Most Promising Pilot categories at the Integrated Health Awards – recognises the success of the ICB’s new psychological staff programme and innovative digital patient resource to support the mental health of primary care staff and patients alike.

The awards are given for transformation, improvement and positive change in the NHS, and will be presented at ceremonies in May and June. 

Susi Clarke, primary care training hub lead at BLMK ICB, said:

“We created the Shine programme alongside NHS clinicians as a way to address increasing demand for mental health services in primary care, to help provide proactive and personalised care.  It was piloted across 30 GP practices, with the new technology offering a personalised ‘wellbeing prescription’ for topics such as stress, coping with anxiety, sleep and resilience.

“The GP team initially undertakes a psychological wellbeing assessment, supporting patients to take a digital wellbeing prescription which meets their clinical need.  To date, 91% of staff have reported an improvement in wellbeing, with 83% of patients saying they would recommend it to others.”

In future, the programme will be extended to all GP practices and NHS Talking Therapies services in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.  Among the expected long-term benefits are improved morale, better access for patients via the digital solution, fewer health inequalities and reduced staff workload.

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