There were many reasons to celebrate at the 2016 CMHP Awards Ceremony on Saturday. Innovation and expert practice were rewarded with prizes for the best poster and best oral presentations of this year’s conference in a range of categories.
CMHP President Nikki Holmes presented the awards. She said:
“Our oral presentations this year were excellent. It was tricky to choose between the top two presentations due to the potential impact they both have for people living with mental illness.
“For the posters, it’s impressive seeing the great work that’s happening on the shop floor. Indeed, in the service development category, the group proved too difficult to separate out at the top end, so in recognition of that the judges awarded two highly commended awards this year as well as a runner up and winner.
“Our annual research awards are an important means of showcasing the work of young researchers early in their careers. The quality of this year’s entries was really high, which bodes well for the future.”
Winner - Richard Keers, Madalena Plácido, Karen Bennett, Kristen Clayton, Petra Brown and Darren Ashcroft from the University of Manchester and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust for their work looking at the causes of medication administration errors in a mental health hospital.
- Runner up - Denise Taylor, Jessica Givins, Katherine Witts, Jennifer Lynch, and Amy Sheppard from the University of Bath for their work on mental health stigma held in pharmacy practice.
Poster Awards - Service Development
- Winner - Richard Keers, Karen Bennett, Petra Brown and Darren Ashcroft from the University of Manchester and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust for their work fostering collaborative partnerships to transform mental health pharmacy teaching, medication safety research and clinical services.
- Runner up - Katherine Parks, Michelle Cleary, Jane Smithies, Stuart Freedson and Petra Brown from Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust for their initiative to improve the cardiogenic safety of antipsychotic medication in community mental health patients.
- Highly commended - Tamara Tompsett, Kate Masters and Parastou Donyai from the University of Reading and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for their project evaluating the time to discharge after initiation of paliperidone palmitate long acting injection and 12-month discontinuation rates in their trust.
- Highly commended - Alexis Lepp from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for her survey on medication error reporting.
Poster Awards – Audit/other category
- Winner - Steve Buckley from Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust and Trafford CCG for his work looking at a pharmacist-led review of psychotropic medicines for challenging behaviour in the learning disability population of Trafford.
- Runner up - Kate Masters, Rebekah White, Wing Koo and Paul McEndoo from Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for an audit of urgent medicines availability.
Undergraduate Research Award
Winner - Hannah Brownsell from the University of Reading for her work entitled: An audit of anticholinergic cognitive burden in elderly mental health and dementia patients.
- Runner up - Keval Dabba from Aston University for his mixed methods analysis of clozapine medication errors reported to the National Reporting and Learning System.
Pre-registration Pharmacist Research Award
- Winner - Shabnam Sobhdam from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust for their work entitled: An audit of the number and type of dispensing errors that are identified at the final checking stage in the dispensary at St Charles’ Hospital.
- Runner up - Somfieme Onyeomah from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust for an audit on fasting blood glucose/HbA1c and weight monitoring in patients with schizophrenia receiving antipsychotic depots in community support and recovery teams.
Helen Tennant Award
The Helen Tennant Award is an award given by the Board of Examiners at Aston University on behalf of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy in memory of Helen Tennant, a keen and active member of the College, who was in the first cohort of mental health pharmacists to gain the Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy from Aston University in 2001.
It is awarded each year to the student with the best overall performance in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy at Aston University.
- Winner - Wayne Stanley from Humber NHS Foundation Trust.