Chelsea Laing was highly commended by judges after being shortlisted in the Making a Difference (Individual) category of the awards.
They commended Chelsea, operational lead for the BLMK CAMHS Intensive Support Team (IST), for her work in establishing the IST service across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.
“After a successful pilot in 2020 she set up a new service from scratch at the end of 2021,” they said.
“To date they have supported around 70 young people and out of those around 10 admitted to hospital, mostly for short stays, so there was a significant drop in admissions.
“They have also worked closely with the newly set up a localised inpatient unit (Evergreen) that didn’t exist before, to reduce the length of stays. This new service shows that it’s imperative that networks are brought together.”
The awards were held at the ICC (International Conference Centre) in Birmingham on June 30.