28 October 2015
Lindy Simpson recognised for work at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
A social work lecturer from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has won a prestigious award for her work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as part of the NHS.
Lindy Simpson won the Making a Difference category in the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards for the work she did whilst working at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust involving children and young people and their families in their care.
Lindy, who joined UCLan in April as a social work lecturer, was instrumental in the development of a group called CREW. It was set up for young people and their parents who have used inpatient services and want to be involved in the continual development of the service. CREW has also worked in collaboration with a youth theatre in Barrow and one in Kendal to raise awareness of mental health in schools for students and staff. As well as her work with the Trust, last year Lindy supported the mental health review of CAMHS services in South Cumbria.
“The evening was brilliant and I’m so excited to have won. To have my work recognised by the prestigious national panel of judges at Positive Practice is a real accolade."
Lindy commented: “The evening was brilliant and I’m so excited to have won. It was an honour to be celebrating positive practice in mental health with Tony and Angie Russell who are the founders of this amazing collaborative.
‘‘To have my work recognised by the prestigious national panel of judges at Positive Practice is a real accolade. Knowing that young people and parents who experienced acute mental health difficulties with the team nominated me makes this even more special. My work has been to give them a voice and for them to be heard! I will always be proud of the NHS CAMHS inpatient services covering Lancashire and South Cumbria. They are recognised in the top 15 as national best practice.”
‘‘We are very proud to have Lindy join the team and are excited to know that all the great work she has done has been recognised in such a prestigious way."
Jo Cunningham, Head of the School of Social Work, Care and Community at UCLan, said: ‘‘We are very proud to have Lindy join the team and are excited to know that all the great work she has done has been recognised in such a prestigious way. Lindy is now able to share her practice knowledge with our students and bring her passion and commitment into the teaching environment.’’
The Positive Practice Awards celebrate excellence in mental health and aims to promote the creative talents of people who experience mental health issues as well as working to identify and share positive practice examples and influence thinking in mental health policy and service development.
To read more about the awards and the work that Positive Practice do, visit their website. To read more about the CAMHS service provided by the Trust, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk