16 October 2018

A Trust project launched by mental health service users to support mental health service users has won a prestigious national award.

The Bridging the Bedford Gap project scooped the Quality Improvement (QI) Award at the National Mental Health Awards in Liverpool on October 11, 2018.

The aim of Bridging the Bedford Gap was to engage and inform patients on the Bedfordshire Willow Ward of support and help available on discharge through the Trust’s Recovery College and People Participation network.

It was led by a passionate group of Bedford people with lived experience of inpatient care and supported by the Trust’s QI team and People Participation service.

The award was collected by project member Felicity Stocker, who has also just been elected as a Trust Public Governor for Bedford.

“This is a fantastic piece of work led by remarkable individuals committed to using their lived experience to help others,” said Paul Binfield, the Trust’s Head of People Participation.

“I am proud of everyone involved.”

QI is used to gather and analyse data, encourage innovation, support staff and service users, test and measure effectiveness of change and scale-up successful projects on a Trust-wide basis.

Visit the ELFT QI microsite for more details of the project:
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