The Mental Health Joint Response Vehicle (MHJRV) - a partnership between Greater Manchester Mental Health and Pennine Care NHS foundation trusts and Greater Manchester Police - has been shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards after a record number of nominations received.
The GM-wide service has been shortlisted for the Collaboration Award.
This award recognises where multiple teams, organisations or agencies have come together to make a powerful impact through their work, using innovation and initiative to make a difference.
The MHJRV service is dramatically improving support for people experiencing a mental health crisis, while saving around £2M in professionals’ time.
With a team in each borough, the mental health joint response service involves a practitioner and police officer jointly attending mental health crisis calls to provide urgent triage and the right support, with A&E or a 136-suite considered as the last option for care. This is vital for people’s recovery, ensuring a positive experience and maintaining dignity and liberty.
In 2022, over 2,600 people across Greater Manchester were supported. Staff reported 1,260 A&E avoidances and 1,014 section 136 avoidances.
Of the 57 patients interviewed, 79.6% felt the service helped, 90.7% felt they were treated with dignity and respect; and 83.3% felt they received personalised care. They rated 8.3 out of 10 for service excellence.
The cost per 136-suite admission, across partners, is around £2,030. Based on the 1,014 reported avoidances, the efficiency savings (in professionals’ time) are £2,058,430.
Mark Fisher, chief executive of NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, said:
“We have had more nominations then ever for this year’s Champion Awards. Each one has told of the outstanding contribution of the many people working to improve the lives of the people of Greater Manchester.
“It takes staff and volunteers from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to run our services and these awards really highlight the vital role everyone has to play.
“I’m so glad we get to honour those working so hard each and every day – congratulations and good luck to all of those who have been shortlisted.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said:
“Seeing such a wide variety of individuals and teams shortlisted across Greater Manchester – from hospital consultants, to nurses, to dining companions and barbers – is a reminder of just how much incredible work is taking place in all corners of our health and care system.
“I’m really pleased that all of the nominees are receiving recognition for their outstanding contributions, and I look forward to meeting and celebrating them and all the people working throughout the sector at the awards ceremony in July.”
All shortlisted nominations will be considered by a judging panel and the winners announced at a sponsored event on 13 July 2023, held in Manchester and hosted by TV presenter and Manchester-born, Michelle Ackerley.
You can view the full shortlist here.