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Mental Health Service Wins National PIP Award

A carers’ forum which provides support to families and friends of patients at Rowanbank Clinic and Leverndale Hospital has won a prestigious national award.

The Principles into Practice Awards (PiP) celebrate the best practice in mental health services and the Charing Cross Forensic Carers Group have been judged best in the Carer Involvement and Support Award.

The group is facilitated by Caroline Peddie, Lead Carers Facilitator, Rowanbank Clinic, and Maryanne Wilkie, Deputy Carer Facilitator. Caroline is delighted the group has been recognised for the significant peer support they have provided for the last three years.

She said: “Winning this award is wonderful for the group who have worked tirelessly over the last three years supporting families and friends of patients within the Forensic Directorate.

“Often family members and friends feel alone when they have a loved one as an inpatient in a mental health facility. What the group does is offer people a chance to share their experiences with other people in a similar position.”

One of the carers involved with the group, Christine, added: “I have learned a lot from the group, but the most important thing of all, is to know that you are not alone…”

The Principles into Practice Network sets out how professionals should work with patients and carers. For professionals, the principles provide a framework to help patients consider the ethical aspects or alternative approaches to their care and treatment.