Bolton Consultant is shortlisted for prestigious national mental health award | Awards and accreditations

Awards, Accreditations and Points of Pride

The last two years have been the most challenging in the history of the NHS and we must not underestimate the significant effort that has taken place to respond at pace to the requirements of the pandemic. As the pandemic has progressed, we have seen a rise in the level of mental health needs and acuity and an increasing demand for services and mental health support. Our staff, across all services, both clinical and corporate, have worked tirelessly during the changing demands of the pandemic to adjust, expand and flex the delivery of services to meet the needs of our service users to ensure the least disruption to their care.

We have much to be proud of as an organisation.

  • Living Wage – we have been a Living Wage Employer since 2015 and celebrated our 7-year anniversary in 2022.
  • Vaccination Programme - Through our Gold Command arrangements, we have delivered a comprehensive and speedy vaccination programme to both our staff and service users and have established robust Infection, Prevention and Control arrangements to ensure the safety of all.
  • The Trust’s Recovery Academy , which supports over 7,000 students, returned to face-to-face learning, whilst improving the service by providing access to all the online resources they had built up during the pandemic.
  • The first Green Health Walk opened on the Trust’s Prestwich site , constructed by Sow the City. It was co-designed with service users and staff at the Trust to promote the physical and mental benefits of greenspace and exercise by exploring designated walking routes across our Prestwich site. This innovative approach was proudly exhibited at COP26 - the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Glasgow in autumn 2021. This forms part of GMMH’s Green Plan, which was launched in January 2022 as a ‘blueprint for the next five years’ to support the national NHS net zero pledge.
  • Supported Internship Scheme  - In March 2022, we joined a Supported Internship Scheme which helps young people with learning disabilities to access support, education, and work experience with the goal of progressing into permanent employment. To date, six interns have been placed into roles within their Facilities department in areas such as Catering, Administration, Transport & Logistics and Domestic Services; and one has been offered a permanent position.
  • Breakthrough success of study using virtual reality (VR) to treat mental health problems trialled in Manchester. A national study, delivered by nine NHS Trusts, including GMMH, has found that automated virtual reality (VR) technology can successfully help people recover from mental health problems (April 2022).
  • Workforce - GMMH has been rated ‘Good’ in all areas of our education and training programme for apprentices, following an inspection by Ofsted in May 2022.  
  • Partnership working - A partnership between GMMH, Greater Manchester Police and the North-west Ambulance Service, aimed at improving care for people experiencing a mental health crisis, has been hailed a success. Just six months in (May 2022), over 1,100 cases had been diverted from frontline NWAS and GMP services, with quality NHS mental health support being provided instead.
  • Improving health outcomes for under-served populations - A Research Unit dedicated to researching inequalities in mental and physical healthcare has been launched by GMMH during Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week (May 2022). The Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Research Unit is funded by GMMH, and led by Professor Dawn Edge, Professor of Mental Health & Inclusivity at GMMH and The University of Manchester.
  • Improving North Manchester – We're investing £105 million in modern facilities with the construction of a new adult mental health inpatient unit to replace Park House on the North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) site. Work on the North View site started in August 2022 with the new unit anticipated to be built and operational by 2024.The modern facilities will utilise the latest technology and therapeutic design, to ensure an environment that is both conducive to recovery and pleasant to live in, work at and visit. In June 2022, the new development won a Design in Mental Health Award in the ‘Service User Engagement’ category.
  • The Greater Manchester Universities Student Mental Health Service a partnership between GMMH, NHS Greater Manchester, and the region’s five universities - has been hailed a success (July 2022).
  • Achieve - In July 2022, an external evaluation found that the Trust’s Achieve Drug and Alcohol Service’s approach to partnership-working is effective in supporting recovery from substance misuse, and could be rolled out in other geographical areas. Drug and Alcohol Recovery services for Bolton, Bury, Salford and Trafford have been praised in an evaluation report, undertaken by SQW, an independent research and consultancy organisation.  
  • An evaluation of Living Well Salford (15 August 2022) found that the service has supported people to achieve improved outcomes. The service offers support co-designed by people with lived experience of mental health problems and has also been shortlisted for ‘Mental Health Innovation of the Year’ in the prestigious national Health Service Journal awards 2022.
  • CPR training technology In Oct 2022, GMMH became the first mental health trust to install state of the art CPR training technology. The technology, called Brayden Online, combines a traditional mannequin with an iOS application which uses a cloud server, allowing staff to undertake CPR training at a time, date and location that is flexible for them.
  • National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2022 - we’ve been recognised in the awards (6 October 2022) for a project run by GMMH using a technology called ‘Management and Supervision Tool’ (MaST) to support clinical care and patient safety in Community Mental Health Teams.
  • Research - We’re proud to be an NHS Partner of a bid for Greater Manchester awarded its largest ever research funding (October 2022) to tackle health inequalities and drive health improvements across the city region. This investment will support the delivery of important research into mental health care and treatment at the Biomedical Research Centre in Manchester. 
  • Ceramicists from our  Recovery Pathways service have contributed to the Manchester City Council’s Be Proud Awards 2022 by creating a series sculptures as prizes for winners.
  • NHS Talking Therapies – during 2020/21, more people than ever accessed talking therapies.  Across Bolton, Salford, Manchester, and Trafford, almost 25,000 people completed a full course of NHS talking therapy.
  • NHS Pastoral Care Quality Award - The award recognises our Trust’s work in international recruitment and our commitment to providing internationally educated nurses and midwives with high-quality pastoral care.

Find out more about awards our staff and teams have received below.

Bolton Consultant is shortlisted for prestigious national mental health award

Dr Hannah Cappleman, Consultant Psychiatrist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), has been shortlisted in the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) Awards.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional medical body responsible for supporting psychiatrists throughout their careers from training through to retirement, and in setting and raising standards of psychiatry in the United Kingdom.

The RCPsych Awards mark the highest level of achievement within psychiatry, and are designed to recognise and reward excellent practice in the field of mental health.

Dr Cappleman, who acts as the ‘Supported Return to Training and Less Than Full Time Champion’ at the North West School of Psychiatry, and Trainee Welfare Lead at GMMH, alongside her clinical role at GMMH’s Bolton Early Intervention Team, has been shortlisted in the ‘Psychiatric Educator of the Year’ award.

Dr Cappleman is a valued educator amongst psychiatric trainees (doctors training to become specialist psychiatrists) in the North West. She is known particularly for championing the needs of trainees who work less than full time (LTFT) and of those who are returning to training after time off (SuppoRTT).

Dr Cappleman has implemented successful workshops to empower those who are returning to training, and to make their transition as easy as possible.

She also created a social media group for those who work less than full time, that has flourished into a strong peer support network. And recently, Dr Cappleman led on a school-wide LTFT survey, which has led to an action plan to improve work placements for this group.  

Dr Cappleman also sits on the School’s Health and Wellbeing group, advocating for initiatives to address burnout amongst trainees, and developing improvements to the overall wellbeing offer.

Dr Cappleman has also pioneered Trauma Informed Care (TIC) training in the region. She has developed a package of training for a variety of professional groups to raise awareness and understanding of how to support mental health patients with a history of trauma.

As part of this work, she has developed a training package for junior doctors in Bolton which includes workshops and discussion groups, co-led with a psychologist.  Evaluation of this training has shown that it has been successful in improving trainees’ awareness of the psychological impact of trauma, whilst also improving the wellbeing of psychiatric trainees.

Dr Gemma Buston, Specialty Trainee in Psychiatry at GMMH, who nominated Dr Cappleman said:

“Dr Cappleman is a compassionate educational supervisor, who takes time to get to know individual trainees. She goes out of her way, for example, by lending out her books and checking in regularly with trainees. Many trainees frequently reach out for support around LTFT and SuppoRTT issues and find that she shows that she really understands their particular needs and can help them navigate the best form of help.

“Through her champion role and social media presence, trainees feel able to contact her about their individual needs, to help them navigate the scheme. The online presence that Dr Cappleman has created also allows people to talk openly and honestly together around their anxieties related to their work placements, modelling this culture by sharing her own past experiences.

Dr Buston continued:

“Dr Cappleman is able to bring to life how psychotherapeutic ideas such as trauma-informed care can change the way we approach and treat patients. The training she has developed has led to widespread improvements in this area.” 

Dr Alice Seabourne, Medical Director at GMMH said:

“I am incredibly proud of Dr Cappleman for being shortlisted for a prestigious RCPsych Award. Dr Cappleman goes above and beyond in her role as Champion for those who work less than full time, and those who are returning to training; and it is heartening to hear the value that she has brought – and continues to bring - to so many psychiatric trainees in the North West.

“Dr Cappleman also continues to shape and improve the practice of psychiatry through her development of evidence-based training for trainee medical professionals. Her work to improve understanding of trauma-informed care is particularly commendable, and the impact that this will have on the support, treatment and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our communities cannot be underestimated.”

Dr Cappleman said:

“It’s an honour to have been shortlisted for Psychiatric Educator of the Year.

“I have been nominated in part for my work with less than full time trainees and those returning to training after a break. Championing trainee wellbeing is so important and it's fantastic that this work has been recognised in this way.

“Promoting and teaching more trauma informed ways of working is another aspect of my work that has been highlighted. High quality staff education that teaches the relational aspects of our work is vital to improving patient care, so I’m delighted these sessions have been so well received.”

Winners will be presented at the RCPsych Awards ceremony on Wednesday 9 November. The ceremony will be live streamed and you can register to watch here.

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