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Leeds Community Healthcare entries on HSJ Awards 2018 shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 HSJ awards has been revealed – and Leeds Community Healthcare is once again in the running.

Dr Abdullah Kraam has been shortlisted as Clinical Leader of the Year and the Integrated Children’s Additional Needs (ICAN) team’s work on the LetMeShowYou (LMSU) app has been recognised in the Patient Digital Participation category.

Dr Kraam is Clinical Lead for the Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (FCAMHS) across Yorkshire and Humber, Adel Beck Secure Children’s Home and Wetherby Young Offenders Institute.

He created FCAMHS – an award-winning service - in 2010 from nothing, with a commitment to providing high quality care to the most vulnerable young people in the community.

There had previously been no specialist mental health provision for young people and their families in contact with the criminal justice system but from the outset Dr Kraam was determined for the service to be built around the complex needs of young users.

As regional provider, FCAMHS crosses boundaries and integrates teams to provide previously non-existent care to marginalised, vulnerable groups. The service has been commended in NICE guidance as an example for national adoption.

The ICAN team has been recognised for its innovative work on the LMSU! App which is designed to support young people with complex specialist needs through transition to adult services.

The app was developed in partnership with digital health design specialists mHabitat, Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust (LYPFT) and technical firm ADI*.  

It aims to put young people at the centre by enabling them to invite those involved in their care to join their ‘network’, contribute to the delivery of their goals and access training materials produced by the young person which are held in a specially designed library.

As part of the application’s development, a series of workshops were held with young people, carers, family members, personal assistants and a range of clinical, education and social care professionals. The team are currently about to roll out beta testing which is usually the last stage of testing.

Winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the Intercontinental London Hotel on 21 November. You can see the full awards shortlist here.

*Alicia Ridout, Deputy Director, mHabitat, LYPFT (co-author); Judith Clarkson, ADI, Saltaire, Bradford (Co-author); Colin McDonnell, Young Person User tester; SBRI funded partnership, phase 1 + 2 funding received; Collaborators:  Carers UK, Leeds Schools & Henshaws Specialist College, Harrogate.

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