Three individuals and two teams from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) have been shortlisted in the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards.

The shortlisters are as follows:

Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year – Dr Gemma Buston, Core Trainee 3
Higher Psychiatric Trainee of the Year – Dr Alex Till, Specialty Registrar in Forensic Psychiatry
Carer Contributor of the Year – Neil Grace, Trust Carer Lead
Psychiatric Team of the Year: Working Age Adults – Greater Manchester Specialist Perinatal Community Mental Health Team
Psychiatric Team of the Year: Quality Improvement – Irwell Ward Quality Improvement Team
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional medical body responsible for supporting psychiatrists throughout their careers from training through to retirement, and in setting and raising standards of psychiatry in the United Kingdom.

The RCPsych Awards mark the highest level of achievement within psychiatry, and are designed to recognise and reward excellent practice in the field of mental health.

Previous winners include Dr Max Pemberton, British medical doctor, journalist and author; Dr Geraldine Strathdee, the national Clinical Director for Mental Health; and the Ninja Theory’s Hellblade Development Team, the team behind the action-adventure game, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

This year, five individuals and teams from GMMH have been shortlisted in the Awards, recognising their expertise and achievement in the fields of care contribution, psychiatry for working age adults, quality improvement, and core and higher psychiatric trainee of the year.

Neil Thwaite, Chief Executive at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said:

“I am absolutely delighted that GMMH staff and teams have been shortlisted for five of the RCPsych Awards.

“This past year has been extremely challenging, and it has been inspiring to see our staff rise to the occasion, working in new and innovative ways in order to continue to provide vital mental health care and support at a time when our communities have needed us the most. It’s great to see the hard work and compassion of our staff during these challenging times recognised at the Awards.”

Dr Alice Seabourne, Medical Director at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said:

“I am so proud of all our staff who have been shortlisted for the prestigious RCPsych Awards.

“Our specialist medical staff are essential to the high quality care and support we provide, and our psychiatric trainees are some of the brightest, compassionate individuals, who will shape the principles and practice of psychiatry now and in the future.

“Our medical staff work alongside their brilliant teammates from a range of disciplines, all working towards the same goal of providing the best possible care and improving wellbeing for the most vulnerable in our society. It is this team spirit, grit and determination which has enabled us to achieve so much, and we are thrilled that this has been formally recognised by the College.”

The winners will be announced at the virtual RCPsych Awards ceremony on 11 November 2021.


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