Midlands Psychology CIC beats NHS services to win three national awards for excellence and innovation
March 11, 2014
In the last month Stafford-based Social Enterprise Midlands Psychology has won three national awards for its innovative approach to the provision of NHS services to children with autism.
Three years ago local children had to wait up to three years to be seen by the NHS for a diagnosis of autism, and there was no aftercare. Since Midlands Psychology began providing the service in 2010 all that has changed. There is no waiting-list, and 5 times as many children are seen. Plus, now when they are diagnosed they have access to a huge range of psychological interventions, aftercare and support.
In February Midlands Psychology beat hundreds of NHS Trusts to win the NHS Lean Healthcare Academy Award for “Best impact on patient experience” for their success in transforming a failing service into a model of effective service provision. On Tuesday they won two National Autistic Society awards, beating hundreds of other autism services across the UK to win Awards for “Clinical Excellence” and “Most Innovative family support”. The judges were particularly impressed with how efficiently a high quality service can be delivered with creativity and collaboration, and held up Midlands Psychology as an example for other NHS services.
Angela Southall, Director of Midlands Psychology said “These awards are incredibly competitive, and reward excellence and creativity. For a small organisation like ours to win against hundreds of huge NHS trusts is testament to the dedication of our staff and parents, and justifies our belief that doing things differently and, in particular, involving our service users, does result in improved services for the local community.”
Machita Denny, a parent who works for the service said “The service is brilliant. The improvement since Midlands Psychology got involved has been unbelievable. “