NICE has announced the winner of this year’s Shared Learning Awards as Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, for a project in which new guidelines to help improve care for patients experiencing their first episode of psychosis were successfully implemented.
The awards were took place virtually and are an important opportunity for recognise health and care improvements. Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnerships (AWP) were voted this year’s winners, after successfully implementing new prescribing guidelines which aimed to ensure that the right medications are prescribed at the right time for patients who are in the first stage of psychosis.
The partnership wanted to introduce clear evidence-based guidance and care to develop best practice for people with a first episode of psychosis.
Dr Liz Ewins, consultant psychiatrist for Bath and North East Somerset Early Intervention in Psychosis Team, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, said:
“We are thrilled to have won the NICE Shared Learning award 2020 in recognition of our work to improve prescribing for patients with a first episode of psychosis. This has been a fantastic opportunity to share our learning with others. We have been able to raise the importance of early intervention, and the huge impact that appropriate early treatment can have on mental health.
“With input from the whole multidisciplinary team and Early Intervention in Psychosis teams across the country, we have produced evidence based prescribing guidelines to ensure that these vulnerable patients are not prescribed medication unnecessarily, are included in prescribing decisions, and therefore more likely to take medication, and that we choose medications which will have fewer side effects or long term physical health effects”