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Community forensic team shortlisted for Nursing Times award

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in #ProudofDPT, Mental health, News on 17th September, 2020

Congratulations to the community forensic team based at Langdon who have been shortlisted for Nursing Times 2020 ‘Team of the year’ award.

Isabel Westwood, Nursing Team Manager and Alice Vanstone, Occupational Therapy Team Leader said: "The community forensic team feel very fortunate and privileged as a team for our achievement to be recognised. We are honoured to have been shortlisted for Nursing Times 2020 ‘Team of the year’ award."

Devon community forensic team (CFT) was successful in a bid to be funded by NHS England as one of three agreed pilot sites in the UK (Wave 1), commencing in April 2018 for two years. The main aims of the service have been to:

  • care coordinate up to 55 patients
  • to accelerate progression towards community living with a key aim to reduce inpatient length of stay
  • facilitate effective transition into the community
  • reduce offending behaviour, risk and improve quality of life.
  • The team has been successful in transitioning 37 individuals into the community and seven into open inpatient settings.

CFT has worked hard over the last two years to deliver a model of integrated care and support across all elements of a service user’s pathway. With a specific focus on prevention through admission avoidance and early intervention through collaboration with other services. The team works using a relational approach with a focus on integration, meaningful roles and routines in the community. The team is a full multidisciplinary team, with two named professionals for each service user, a registered mental health nurse and an occupational therapist.

2020 Expansion and Service Developments

Isabel says, "We are now planning to develop the service from October 2020 to include additional work such as, signposting/liaison, consultation and joint working for teams and service users outside of secure inpatient care. We also hope to increase our care co-ordinated caseload. Please look out on NHS Jobs for any new exciting opportunities within the team!

"We continue to network and share our experience and outcomes of the service, there are now 16 Wave 2 pilot sites in the UK who we support and offer guidance to having been one of the three sites of Wave 1. The pilot aims to support the development of a standardised national specification for community forensic mental health teams.

"CFT prides itself as a team to always stay focused on the shared goal and the core reason for why we are here... the service users. We are honoured to make the Nursing Times Shortlist and look forward to celebrating this as a team, although it would be great to win we are delighted to appear on the shortlist and feel this highlights our success to date for those who use our service."

Congratulations to the team. We wish them all the best when the winners are announced on Wednesday 14 October 2020.