The multi-disciplinary Woodlands team was runner-up in the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU) team of the year category at its international awards. The judges looked for teams that demonstrated evidence of service improvements, realistic and achievable planned developments to services, and evidence of team working and liaising with others.
Woodlands is a low secure service offering a unique therapeutic and rehabilitative environment for females aged up to 18, presenting with severe self-harm or other risk issues, and complex needs around emergent personality disorder. The aim is to create a structured and containing therapeutic milieu that is able to keep young people safe.
NAPICU was formed in 1998 by a group of psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) clinicians to improve service user experience and outcomes, and to promote staff support and development with PICUs and low secure units.
Kris Irons, Hospital Director said: "We are extremely happy to be acknowledged in the NAPICU awards. We aim to provide the best possible care and treatment for our patients and it's fantastic that these efforts have been recognised. At Woodlands, we believe that collaborative teamwork is essential and a firm support network for colleagues as well as patients is needed to run services successfully."