Care provider wins top award

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Care service provider Cygnet Lodge Brighouse has scooped an award been honoured at the National Service User Awards ceremony.

The ceremony celebrates the large number of service user-led initiatives in inpatient mental health services nationwide.

A Carer’s Pack, which was developed by twelve service users at Cygnet Lodge Brighouse, based in Rastrick Common, was judged the winner of the ‘Family, friend and carer involvement initiatives’ category at last week’s National Service User Awards.

The welcome pack is designed for the carers, family and friends of service users to help them better understand how Brighouse operates day-to-day, and reduce the stress they may experience when a loved one first receives support at a mental health unit.

Adam Stewart, Involvement Coordinator at Cygnet Lodge Brighouse, said: “It’s so important to celebrate the successes of services users and to share best practice for the benefit of everyone.

“This award is a hugely inspiring and moving tribute to the exceptional work being led by service users, which is happening throughout mental health services across the country.

“We are very proud of the amazing service user-driven initiatives happening at Cygnet Lodge Brighouse and to have won this prestigious award, especially given the calibre of other nominees, is truly an honour.”

The service user awards are designed to recognise and pay tribute to the innovative and inspiring service user-led projects that benefit service users, peers and staff in mental health services.

The esteemed judging panel, which included Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, formerly of Rethink Mental Illness, and Rosie Ayub from the Directorate of Patient and Public Voice and Information at NHS England, evaluated nominees in six categories, which included ‘Innovations in My Shared Pathway and Recovery’, ‘“Breaking Down Barriers” – tackling stigma’ and the award for ‘Outstanding Service User Achievement’.

This year’s awards were hosted for the second year in a row by Cygnet Health Care, a leading independent provider of specialist mental health services, and featured service user-led teams from more than 10 different providers reaching the finals.

The event was held in the Wing Hall of the world famous Grand Prix Circuit at Silverstone in Northamptonshire.