All Age Mental Health Access Team named Regional Champion in NHS Parliamentary Awards

The NHS in the Midlands has today revealed the ten individuals and teams it has chosen as regional champions for the prestigious NHS Parliamentary Awards.

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust’s All Age Mental Health Access Team, Crisis Care Centre has been named the Regional Champion in the ‘Excellence in Mental Health Care’ category.

The All Age Mental Health Access Team provides a vital offer to the community and region of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, by bringing together 50 NHS specialists within the Trust who offer a single point of contact for all mental health crises for individuals of all ages, 24 x 7 and 365 days a year. The £1.1 million Mental Health Crisis Centre opened in October 2019 and is based at Harplands Hospital.  

The team was nominated by Jo Gideon MP and Jonathan Gullis MP.

MPs and NHS leaders in the Midlands joined forces to honour health and care staff who have helped to improve treatment for patients.

The coronavirus pandemic, the greatest public health challenge in the NHS history, has prompted a record number of nominations from MPs across the country who have sought to shine a light on the dedication of health and care staff and volunteers who have contributed to the unprecedented response.

The judges, drawn from across the NHS, have today selected the 10 regional winners who have been selected from over 147 nominations, one in each of the 10 categories.

“We are delighted to be named Regional Champion for the Midlands in the ‘Excellence in Mental Health Care’ category at the NHS Parliamentary Awards,” said Josey Povey, Senior Service Manager, Acute and Urgent Care Directorate, Harplands Hospital, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust. “This is testament to the hard work of our Team who collaborate to bring a vital offer to the community of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent; anyone who feels they are in distress, or needs advice or reassurance, can contact us on 0300 123 0907 to speak to a mental health professional who will be able to direct them to the most appropriate and accessible service to meet their individual needs.” 

Dr Nigel Sturrock, Regional Medical Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands, said: “I was impressed by the high standard of all entries from the Midlandsthis year and choosing between the dozens of teams and individuals who all go above and beyond, to go forward and represent our region, has been incredibly difficult. I wish our champions the best of luck in the national heats and will be rooting for them on the day.”

The team will now go head to head with other winners from across the country to be judged by a national panel made up of senior leaders representing staff and patients, for the chance to win the prestigious national award, which will be presented at a special ceremony in the House of Commons on the 7 July 2021.

The full list of regional winners can be found here:https://www.nhsparliamentaryawards.co.uk/shortlist