CWTCH at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board won the Psychiatric Team of the Year Award at the 2020 RCPsych Awards, which are held annually to recognise excellence within psychiatry. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the awards were announced at a virtual ceremony for the first time.
The award highlighted the Connecting With Telehealth to Children in Hospital (CWTCH) project – which treats children and adolescents through the use of telepsychiatry.
The ground-breaking initiative has been a lifeline for many patients during the pandemic. Around 79% of users described the project as “fantastic” or “really good” and 80% said they were “very satisfied” with the service.
The CWTCH project has also proven to be cost efficient, saving around 129 hours of clinician time, around £2k in travelling expenses and 1.65 of C02e.
Professor Alka Ahuja, consultant CAMHS psychiatrist and project lead, said: “The CWTCH team are delighted to receive the award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The introduction of tele psychiatry has the potential to provide an efficient service that saves time, reduces cost and decreases stress for patients and staff.
Judith Paget, Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board added, “We are thrilled that Professor Ahuja and her Team have won this prestigious award. The CWTCH Project embodies the pivotal role that a Psychiatric Team plays in improving and innovating child and adolescent mental health services. The team are worthy recipients and should be extremely proud of the work and outcomes of this pioneering Project”
Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “I would like to express a huge congratulations to all the winners of the RCPsych Awards. This year has been extremely challenging for all of us working in mental health and so it is fantastic to be able to recognise and celebrate successes. Hearing about the amazing contributions to psychiatry made by hard-working teams and individuals across the country is both inspiring and humbling.”
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 College works to secure the best outcomes for people with mental illness, learning difficulties and developmental disorders by promoting excellent mental health services, training outstanding psychiatrists, promoting quality and research, setting standards and being the voice of psychiatry.
The full list of award winners will be published on the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ website