Grangewood Crisis Service in Derry named Team of The Year for pioneering work on suicide prevention

Pictured at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Awards event are members of the Western Trust's Grangewood Crisis Service Team Dr Noel Crockett; Dr Chris Sharkey and Roisin O'Hanlon who were named Team of the Year - Quality Improvement.
Pictured at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Awards event are members of the Western Trust's Grangewood Crisis Service Team Dr Noel Crockett; Dr Chris Sharkey and Roisin O'Hanlon who were named Team of the Year - Quality Improvement.

The Western Trust’s Grangewood Crisis Service are celebrating being named Royal College of Psychiatrists 2019 Team of The Year in Quality Improvement.
The Grangewood Crisis Mental Health Service based on the Gransha site were awarded the prestigious title at the Royal College of Psychiatrist annual awards event held in London recently.

The Team were recognised for their Quality Improvement work in improving local safety plans for service users presenting at risk of suicidal behaviour. 

Western Trust's Grangewood Crisis Service Team are celebrating being named Royal College of Psychiatrists Team of the Year - Quality Improvement at the annual awards event in London.

Western Trust's Grangewood Crisis Service Team are celebrating being named Royal College of Psychiatrists Team of the Year - Quality Improvement at the annual awards event in London.

The Grangewood Crisis service team is made up of a multidisciplinary group of professionals including Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists. 

The service has embedded weekly meetings for all staff to attend with a Quality Improvement focus. Service users are invited to be involved in their projects and have been key to successful projects such as Safety Planning. 

The judges felt that the Grangewood Team addressed a critical issue in relation to suicide prevention. They used an evidence-based approach to developing personal safety plans. They applied robust QI methodology and good data to bring positive change about, and they made excellent progress towards an ambitious goal and have plans to further spread their good practice.

Brian McGarvey, Assistant Director for Adult Mental Health Services at the Western Trust, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I would wish to congratulate all the staff at Grangewood for their outstanding commitment and dedication to supporting patients in the prevention of suicide and self harm. 

“This work is now being taken forward regionally through the Towards Zero Suicide patient safety initiative and will be rolled out to other HSC Trusts in the near future.”

*The Lifeline helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Anyone of any age living in the North can call the Lifeline helpline for free on 0808 808 8000 if they are experiencing distress or despair. At Lifeline you can talk to a professionally trained counsellor who will listen, give help and support, in confidence.