An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde service for treating people with depression in Renfrewshire has won a major award for its innovative approach.
Paisley- based service "Doing Well" scooped a UK Health Service Journal Award for Implementing National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance.
The service, which is funded by the Centre for Change and Innovation's ‘Doing Well by People with Depression Programme', provides a range of treatments including guided self-help, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), antidepressant medicines and links to other services where required.
Since it was established in 2004, the small multidisciplinary mental health team has been referred more than 1500 patients by local GPs, and reduced waiting times from up to 12 months to an average of 11 days. Antidepressant drug costs within the programme have been halved from an average of £18 to £9 a month, following the promotion of guidance on the prescribing of antidepressants. Most people referred to the programme have made a good recovery, and feedback from patients has been very positive.
Dr Michael Smith, a Consultant Psychiatrist with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who heads up the initiative, said: "The team are delighted to win this national award. It represents a significant achievement, particularly as we faced stiff competition from other healthcare organisations across the UK.
"It is also a tribute to of all of our staff and demonstrates their commmitment to providing the very best care and advice to local patients and their families."
The Doing Well website is available at: www.doingwell.org.uk
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