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Our child mental health trainees in Essex win an NHS Parliamentary Award

Our Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) had a surprise virtual visit from their MP Vicky Ford – who announced they’d won the NHS Parliamentary Award for Excellence in Mental Health Care Award in the east of England.

The dedicated team was recently integrated into Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service – run by Virgin Care and children’s charity Barnardo’s. The video of them being told about the award can be seen here.

Working with school nurses and and the education system locally, they’ve improved evidence-based, tailored mental health outcomes for many children and young people in need across Essex.

NHS England said the competition was incredibly strong this year and the nomination from Vicky Ford MP – who is Government Minister for Children – was one of a record number of nominations from MPs keen to showcase the dedication of  health workers .during the coronavirus pandemic

Adrian Coggins, Head of Wellbeing and Public Health Commissioning at Essex County Council, said: “What a delightful relief and distraction from COVID-19 to hear this – really well done. We should shout loud and proud in Essex and to the wider region.”

Ann Radmore, Regional Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the East of England, added: “I was humbled by the high standard of all the entries from the east of England this year. All our nominated teams and individuals have gone above and beyond to improve patient care, so having to shortlist to represent our region nationally has been hard.”

Richard Comerford, Our Managing Director for the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, said: “I’m immensely proud of the team for achieving this award, but I must say I’m not surprised – their hard work and dedication has been a sight to behold and I know our service users have really benefited from this extra mental health provision, especially through this pandemic.”

Heidi Dennis, Assistant Director for Barnardo’s, added: “What good news this is – well done everyone! We are incredibly proud of the hard work and on-going commitment that the team has shown to the children, young people and families that they support in the local community.”

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service offer mental health support to children and young people to not only care for them, but also to support their families and the Essex county as a whole.

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