Douglass House wins Royal College of Psychiatrists Award

News item posted: 17 March 2017

The Douglass House Project (DHP), a Turning Point service in London, has been granted an Enabling Environments Award by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The Enabling Environments Award is a quality mark given to services who can demonstrate they are achieving an outstanding level of best practice in creating and sustaining a positive and effective social environment. They are based on a rigorous assessment against 10 core standards.

DHP is a unique service, supporting men who have a personality disorder and a history of offending or antisocial behaviour. The team at DHP work with people leaving more secure settings to develop the skills they need to live independently in the community. DHP is a partnership between Turning Point, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and London Probation.

Delrene Walker, Operations Manager at DHP said: ‘The staff and service users at DHP embraced the concept of enabling environments and ran with it. From the very beginning it was clear we were evidencing a culture which was already very much in place at the service.

‘The beauty of the enabling environments experience was that the process brought everyone together, and in doing so, tore down barriers that can create an unnecessary provider-recipient divide.’

Turning Point’s Managing Director for Mental Health, John Campbell said: ‘This is a great achievement for the service and recognises the innovative work they do to empower individuals with complex needs to be inspired to turn their lives around.’

For more information on the service visit: http://forensicandprisons.oxleas.nhs.uk/services/psychological-therapies/douglas-house-project/http://forensicandprisons.oxleas.nhs.uk/services/psychological-therapies/douglas-house-project/

For more information on the Enabling Environment Awards visit: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/quality/qualityandaccreditation/enablingenvironments.aspx