Teams recognised at BMJ awards

Maudsley Simulation has been crowned Education Team of the Year at the BMJ (British Medical Journal) awards.

Maudsley Simulation BMJ awardMaudsley Simulation is the UK’s first simulation training centre focusing on mental health with the aim of improving services for all who are affected or impacted by mental health issues. Working as part of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust since 2014, the team has successfully developed a range of simulation training courses involving actors and technology. So far, they have trained more than 5,000 health professionals. Read a blog from Chris Attoe on how Maudsley Simulation’s unique Mind & Body approach to staff training is improving patient care.

The team presented to an expert judging panel, including patient representatives, on 10 May, and were announced as the winners at the ceremony later that evening at Park Plaza, London. Dr Sean Cross, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and Director of Maudsley Simulation and Clinical Director of the King’s Health Partners Mind & Body programme, said:

We are incredibly proud to have our hard work and the work of South London and Maudsley recognised with such a prestigious award. Our outstanding team is truly committed to improving care for people with mental health needs, but we couldn’t do it without the amazing actors and service users who support our training, and of course the wonderful staff who attend and take their learning back into clinical practice to improve care.

The King’s Health Partners Pathway Homeless Team, which provides holistic and integrated care to homeless people, were also recognised at the awards and were Highly Commended in the mental health category.

Now in its tenth year, the BMJ Awards recognise and celebrate the inspirational work of healthcare teams across the country. Over six months, more than 350 teams submitted entries, with just 60 teams shortlisted and 15 eventual winners.

The King’s Health Partners Mind & Body programme is committed to joining up mental and physical healthcare, training and research to improve health outcomes for our patients and service users.