GMMH shortlisted for two awards at Greater Manchester Health and Care Research Awards 2022 | 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.

GMMH shortlisted for two awards at Greater Manchester Health and Care Research Awards 2022

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for two awards at the forthcoming Greater Manchester Health and Care Research Awards 2022.

Motiv8, a weight management programme for people in secure mental health settings is a finalist in the ‘Best Public Engagement’ category, while Miriam Avery, NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, has been shortlisted for ‘Exceptional Research Delivery Leadership’.

Almost 200 nominations were received, with submissions coming from across Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and East Lancashire. The awards are organised by NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at The Etihad Stadium on Thursday 29th September. 


Listening to the ‘patient voice’ in the Motiv8 weight management programme 

The award for Best Public Engagement will recognise projects which ensure that research is being carried out ‘with’ members of the public. A key part of the Motiv8 programme involves listening to the ‘patient voice’, and a public and patient group of service users with lived experience provides regular advice, guidance and feedback to the research team. 

Photo of the Motiv8 Team

Professor Sophie Parker, Chief Investigator on Motiv8 said: 

“Involving people who use mental health services in the development and application of clinical research is crucial. Without this inclusion, we run the risk of our research not being as meaningful or important to those we are hoping to develop services for. 

“This is also paramount in the area of mental health research, where service users can often face significant stigma and challenges to having their voices heard.  

“We are incredibly proud to be shortlisted for the Best Public Engagement Award and to have worked with an amazing group of dedicated Patient and Public Involvement group members, whose input has been invaluable to the success of this project.  

“We really hope this experience can be shared and shows what is achievable when you strive to engage with patients and the public in research.” 


Miriam Avery shortlisted for Exceptional Research Delivery Leadership

The Exceptional Research Delivery Leadership award recognises strong leadership in research delivery. Miriam Avery, currently an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, who previously worked as a clinical research nurse on the Biohaven OCD study, a trial investigating the effectiveness of Troriluzole in the treatment of OCD, was nominated by Sarah Leo, Head of Research and Innovation at GMMH. 

Photo of Miriam Avery

Sarah said: 

“Miriam played a key role in the success of our ongoing commercial Biohaven OCD trial, which is testing whether Troriluzole, a drug which targets glutamate in the brain, is effective in reducing symptoms in people with OCD. Miriam was integral to the trial reaching its recruitment targets and this has helped to cement GMMH’s reputation as a leading research organisation. 

“At the same time, Miriam has also been accepted as an NIHR Clinical Research Fellow. With her strong track record in mental health research, I have no doubt she will bring the same successes to her doctoral research focused on developing mental health liaison services for young people in England.” 

Miriam Avery, NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellow at GMMH and the University of Manchester, commented: 

“I’m delighted to be shortlisted for the exceptional leadership in research delivery award. Currently there are very limited treatment options for people with OCD, yet the symptoms can be extremely debilitating, which is why this trial is so important.  However, recruitment into this study was not straightforward, largely due to very strict eligibility criteria. Despite these challenges, we met our recruitment target, and we continue to recruit for more.” 

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