Council shines in national awards

Tower Hamlets Council was nominated for five awards at the prestigious Local Government Chronicle Awards (LGC) this year and was commended for its mental health services.

The LGC were particularly impressed that the council had taken steps to ensure residents with long term mental health issues could continue to live close to their family and community networks and live well independently.

NHS data showed that Tower Hamlets was in the top quartile nationally for the number of placements made into residential care in 2008/09. More than 90 per cent of the placements were in residential care homes outside the borough.

With the introduction of its Mental Health Accommodation Strategy, the council, working in partnership with mental health providers, supported service users to live in residential accommodation in an independent setting, as close as possible to their home and community.

Reducing the number of out of borough care placements and associated costs achieved savings of £6.5m during the life of the project and the work was used as a best practice case study in the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) World Mental Health Day 2014 publication ‘Living with Schizophrenia.’

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said: “Five nominations for LGC awards is a fantastic achievement.

“We are committed to delivering excellent services for our residents across the council and improving services wherever possible.”

Amy Whitelock Gibbs, cabinet member for Adult Services added: “I am really pleased the work of our staff has been recognised at the LGC’s national awards ceremony. 

“Our Mental Health Accommodation Strategy has dramatically improved the health and wellbeing of residents.”

Posted on Thursday 16th March 2017