2019 in review

19 December 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, we wanted to write to our service users, stakeholders and partner organisations, and highlight what has been achieved at the Trust in the last twelve months.

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We value all our services, but it’s always nice when the award spotlight falls on outstanding projects, as with the London Perinatal Mental Health Network at the recent Health Service Journal awards. Our own Jo Maitland, Perinatal Mental Health Training and Service Development Lead, has been instrumental in the development of the network. The Trust congratulates Jo and all the network members on their nomination.  

The Gloucester House nursing team was also a finalist in the Mental Health Nursing category of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019. The profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence attracted almost 700 entries this year, and the nomination is well deserved recognition for the nursing team at our special school, led by lead nurse Kirsty Brant.

The wider work of our nursing team across the Trust was also recognised with a special visit from Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England. Our growing number of nurses can be found working across many of our services for children, young people, families and adults as well as being engaged in our education and training provision. 

Art remains a focus for the Trust, including the development of a Trust banner that celebrated the diverse community of the Tavistock and Portman, its rich history and many achievements. The banner was a collaborative project with Ed Hall, a banner maker for trade unions and exhibitions for 30 years, and the Trust’s artist in residence, Rachael Causer, and was shortlisted for 'Art Installation of the Year' at the Design in Mental Health Awards. 

Our business development team are believers in the creed ‘if you’re standing still, you’re going backwards’, and the Trust continued to expand its influence this year. Our new workplace wellbeing programme Add | Wellbeing is one of 19 initiatives across the UK selected to receive funding from the Work and Health Challenge Fund, which was set up by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Health and Social Care to test potential solutions which help people with disabilities and health conditions to remain in work.

We were also recipients of a grant under the Youth Endowment Fund to reduce risk factors associated with crime for Year 6 & 7 children. The Tavistock’s project involves reducing impulsivity and disruptive behaviour in children in selected schools across Camden, Islington and Haringey, and is expected to begin early in the new year.

Our education and training work remains central to our mission.  This year we welcomed a record number of over six hundred first year students to the Trust and in March we joined our university partners to celebrate the annual graduation for students from 20 of our programmes. The event is always a high point in the year, and this year included the special highlight of an honorary doctorate awarded to Dr Gail Lewis.

Our Council of Governors guide the Trust when making decisions that affect our staff and service users. We were delighted to welcome new governors Badri Houshidar, Freda McEwen and Richard Mark Murray. We look forward to working with our new and existing governors to ensure the Trust continues to deliver quality for our staff and patients.

A new accessible summary of the THRIVE Framework was launched in March. THRIVE is a conceptual framework for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) developed by a collaboration of authors from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Anna Freud National Centre, and was highlighted in the NHS Long-Term Plan.  The Trust was the first to adopt the Thrive model in practice and is now leading, with others,m a national programme to support other CAMHS adopt the framework.

Collaboration continues to be at the centre of all that we do, and we teamed up with parents to co-produce a new animation promoting Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting (VIPP). We also hosted the Beyond the them and us refugee conference, a dedicated Refugee Care Conference. Speakers including our own David Amias came together to discuss refugee care and activism.

The Trust was the recipient of £1.3 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to carry out a study that will inform better, more individualised care for young people and their families struggling with issues relating to gender identity. The findings from the LOGIC study will enable services to provide better care for patients and their families.

Next year we will celebrate 100 years of the Trust with a special series of events and celebrations, culminating in a conference in September 2020 at Kings Place in London. When we think of the history and influence of the Tavistock and Portman, we see that it is the people who ultimately make the Trust and it is with sadness we lost one of our best this year. Dr Mike Solomon was a very special colleague who made a substantial contribution as a clinician, teacher and leader to our work over the years he worked at the Trust, and in particular to our work in and with schools.  He was someone who was regarded with enormous fondness and whose bravery and determination in the face of his illness was very inspiring.

You can hear Mike, along with Dr Fiona Starr, speak about coping and thriving when times are tough in a special Tedx talk recorded earlier this year. 

With our very best wishes for the New Year,

– Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive
– Paul Burstow, Chair

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