Local integration project shortlisted for HSJ Award – Social, Emotional and Mental Health Central Point of Access

We’re delighted to announce that the Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Central Point of Access (CPA) and expanded community provision project for Children and Young (CYP) have been shortlisted for Integrated Care Partnership of the Year and Health and Local Government Partnership Award at the 2020 HSJ Awards. This is a fantastic achievement and recognises the team’s outstanding contribution to healthcare. 

We have been shortlisted from over 1,000 entries and were selected based on our ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that the team has had on patient and staff experiences within the health and social care sector.  

The judging panels are made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community including:

  • Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT
  • Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, Black Country Healthcare FT
  • Caroline Beardall, Director of Workforce and OD, NHS England and NHS Improvement – South East

The SEMH Project has been a successful collaboration and wider partnership meeting between North Central London CCG (Islington), London Borough of Islington, (including the Children’s Service Contact Team and TYS Counselling Service) Whittington Health Trust, Barnardos, Isledon, the Brandon Centre and Kooth to improve access into local emotional wellbeing and mental services to ensure all CYP reach the right service at the right time. Led by the Children’s Joint Health Commissioning Team, this has been achieved by developing a central point of access for CYP, aged 0-18, to access all social, emotional and mental health services (SEMH). Launched at the end of Sept 2019, the CPA has been successfully integrated into Islington’s Children’s Service Contact Team’s front door. Operating from the principle of ‘no wrong referral’ the model extends beyond traditional CAMHS settings to improve access into a newly expanded range of health, social and digital community-based services for local CYP, through a new multi-agency intake team.

Further presentations will be made to the judges in January 2021 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on 17 March 2021.