Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIIP) team for West Surrey and North East Hants attended the Nursing Times Awards on Wednesday 30 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, after being shortlisted for the Team of the Year award for their allotment gardening project.
The project, which was set up in January 2018, provides an alternative way to promote recovery from psychosis through weekly gardening sessions at a local allotment.
On the night, the team missed out on the top spot but were delighted to have been recognised: “It was a real honour to have been nominated for this prestigious award and is testament to the team’s dedication and drive to make the project a success” said Kate Allen, EIIP Service Lead.
“It’s been amazing to see the positive impact this project has had on the people who use our service, from boosting physical health, as gardening is a great form of exercise, to supporting mental wellbeing and recovery.
It’s also brought us closer together as a team and it was a great to be able to celebrate our hard work together at the awards ceremony.”
The EIIP service works with all 14-65 year olds who have had their first experience of psychosis or are at high risk of developing psychosis. The team aims to reduce the impact of the disorder for the individual and their families. Find out more here.