Sheffield Care Trust’s Enhancing Pathways into Care (EPIC) project, which is a collaboration of the Trusts’ Crisis Assessment Home Treatment team (CAHT) and the Pakistani Muslim Centre, received the Most Appropriate and ‘Responsive Service award’ for the EPIC project at the Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health gala dinner.
The EPIC project has been developed to provide straightforward pathways for people in crisis and to engage with the Pakistani community to find meaningful ways to reduce stigmas associated with mental health.
The project has also led to a reduction of in-patient admissions from the Pakistani community by offering alternatives such as prescribed social activity.
Sharon Ward, CAHT Service Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted for the EPIC project to have been recognised as an example of best practice on a national level.
“The project demonstrates the benefits that can be achieved for service users from minority groups when there is commitment and a positive attitude towards statutory and non statutory services working together and complimenting each other with the same aims and vision.
“I would personally like to thank Rashna Hackett, Simon Mullins, Jo Nicholson, Liz Miller, Sue Bentley, Lucie Green and Gareth Pritchard who have all had key roles within the project.
“We are incredibly proud to have won this award and see this as the start of something that will be built upon with other BME groups within Sheffield.”