The Isle of Wight community child and adolescent mental health services team.
YOUTH psychiatry services on the Isle of Wight have fought off stiff competition to win a national award.
The community child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) team, at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, has been recognised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists at its annual awards ceremony.
It was named child and adolescent psychiatric team of the year for its excellent mental health work.
The judges said: "The Isle of Wight Community CAMHS team has enthusiastically and creatively redesigned the service incorporating stakeholder views. This has resulted in increased accessibility, improved access to early intervention, and a focus on meeting the mental health needs of children and young people.
"Transition arrangements helped break down barriers and links forged with community partners, to build a comprehensive and respected community service valued by young people. A remarkable and successful team effort."
Five members of the team were presented with a trophy by Sarah Brennan, chief executive of the charity Young Minds, at the ceremony, held at the Royal Society of Medicine.
Prof Sue Bailey, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, presented the awards. She said: "The RCPsych Awards bring national recognition to teams that are providing high-quality mental health care for service users and carers. Strong teamwork is absolutely vital, and I congratulate every single member of the Isle of Wight Community CAMHS team on winning this award."
Dr Lynne Oldman, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: "We are delighted to have received such a prestigious award which recognises the quality of care and the hard work of every member of the team at Community CAMHS."