Edinburgh based psychiatry team set national standards

NHS Lothian’s Intensive Home Treatment Team (IHTT) has been named Psychiatric Team of the Year 2010 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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

IHTT, set-up in Edinburgh in 2008, provides an intensive 24/7 community alternative to hospital care. A team of healthcare professionals provide care and support for people in their homes – helping to reduce repeat admissions and often resulting in early discharge from hospital.

Ihsan Kader, Consultant Psychiatrist - North IHTT, NHS Lothian said:

 “We are overjoyed at receiving this fantastic accolade in what is the pinnacle awards ceremony in the country.
“The team have managed to achieve some wonderful results over the last two years and this award is testament to all their hard work.

The IHTT has seen over 1,500 people and taken on 543 individuals for intensive home treatment since October 2008.

“We have managed to effectively reduce inpatient admission, including a significant reduction in readmission rates to psychiatric care,” Ihsan added.

IHTT is staffed with experienced nurses, including a nurse consultant, psychiatrists, a psychologist (only the second such post in the UK), occupational therapists, support workers and approved social workers.

David Small, General Manager, Edinburgh CHP added:

“The IHTT provide an excellent service and the results speak for themselves. This national award shows the pioneering, innovative and extremely worthwhile work that they do.”

Professor Bhugra, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said:

 “Through the RCPsych Awards, we bring national recognition to those people who are providing the very best care for service users and carers. I congratulate every single member of NHS Lothian’s Intensive Home Treatment Team for displaying this so impressively.”