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nhsCAMHSThe Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Team at Isle of Wight NHS Trust has been named Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Team of the Year 2013 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The annual 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.  Five members of the team were presented with their trophy by Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of the charity Young Minds, at a prestigious ceremony held at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Competition for the Psychiatric Team of the Year Award is always extremely tough, and the judging panels were impressed by the quality of this year’s entries.

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The judges said:

“This Isle of Wight Community CAMHS team has enthusiastically and creatively redesigned the service incorporating stakeholder views. This has resulted in increased accessibility, improved access to early intervention, and a focus on meeting the mental health needs of children and young people. Transition arrangements helped break down barriers and links forged with community partners, to build a comprehensive and respected community service valued by young people. A remarkable and successful team effort!”

Dr Lynne Oldman, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said:

“We are delighted to have received such a prestigious award which recognises the quality of care and the hard work of every member of the team at Community CAMHS.”

The shortlist for the 2013 RCPsych Psychiatric Team of the Year – Children & adolescents was:

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·       Bedfordshire CAMHS Home Treatment Team, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

·       Great Ormond Street Hospital Psychological Medicine Team, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

·       Isle of Wight Community CAMHS Team, Isle of Wight NHS Trust

·       Nottingham CAMHS Self-Harm Team, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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