Read on to find out about the organisations shortlisted for the Innovation in Mental Health category at the HSJ Awards 2017

Tom Cahill, HSJ’s Chief Executive of the Year 2017, was described by judges as an authentic, inspirational leader. 

Mr Cahill suggests that mental health leadership is getting more profile across the system.

“Mental health is much more on the map. There is the commitment to parity and around mental health standards. What may be new is the recognition of what mental health leaders have done in terms of transformation.”

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This week we look at the organisations shortlisted for the Innovation in Mental Health category at the HSJ Awards 2017.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board The team at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board developed a service to meet the needs of people diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65. The service saw an increase in referral rates and realised savings of £590,000 in the first year of operation.

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust: Developed a service to improve the safety of people suffering from domestic violence, resulting in a high number of referrals and early identification of victims

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust: Developed an alternative to hospital admission for people in a mental health crisis, saving £1,324,300

London Ambulance Service: Embedded specialist clinical support in the emergency control centre to assist patients calling in a mental health crisis, reducing the number of vehicles dispatched 

Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust: Developed a choose and book system to increase access and reduce health inequalities for people with mental health problems. Achieved a reduction in crisis presentations, missed appointments and length of stay

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