5 December 2017

ELFT Memory Clinic wins RCPsych Team of the Year award for Quality Improvement

The award was presented to representatives of the team at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ head office in Prescot Street on 6 November 2017.

East London NHS Foundation Trust’s Memory Clinic was the winner of the prestigious Psychiatric Team of the Year award, promoted by Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych). The annual awards mark the highest level of achievement within the field of psychiatry. The panel recognised the clinics’ achievement in cultural change and interventions using QI methodology.

The clinics was also praised by its commitment to Quality Improvement in relation to dementia diagnosis.

Lesley Smith, ELFT Community Matron, was involved in the project as a service manager. She said that the project helped the team understand how different each area works within the memory service. “Although we all worked differently we could put systems in place that worked across the memory services. The QI process helped us to get a better understanding of the service issues and get an in depth idea of where changes were needed”, she said. “Receiving the award was fantastic and a great tribute to the work that was done by everyone. We feel very proud of our achievements”.

ELFT Chief Executive Dr. Navina Evans said: “I am thrilled to hear that our Memory Clinic teams have won an award. Their work to reduce waiting times from referral to diagnosis has had a significant impact on individuals and their families. This is a very positive change for people with memory problems as it will allow them to get the help they need faster than before”.

Other professionals involved in the project were Andrew Whipp, Jana Mikova, Michael Henderson, Dr Gabrielle Faire, Marco Aurelio, and Mahmood Dilloo.

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