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November was a busy and successful month for members of our ‘better management of medical psychiatric multimorbidity theme’, with both individual researchers and teams winning awards, and the opening of a new psychological medicine service teaching and research centre.

The Integrated Psychological Medicine Service team – who support a number of CLAHRC projects in the theme – won a prestigious ‘Psychiatric Team of the Year’ award at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards on 7 November 2018.

The annual awards, which mark the highest level of achievement within the field of psychiatry, were presented by BBC TV presenter Victoria Derbyshire.

The Integrated Psychological Medicine Service team scooped the award in the non-age specific category, and was praised for delivering a novel way of providing psychiatric and psychological care to people who are physically ill.

Speaking of the team and their work the judges said: “It is valued by patients, carers and hospital colleagues, and has been highlighted as a beacon of excellence."

Ream more about the award on the Oxford University Hospitals website here.

DL1-1 (1).jpgTheme manger and senior Clinical Researcher Dr Jane Walker won the  ‘Don R. Lipsitt Award’ for Achievement in Integrated and Collaborative Care by the Academy of consultation-liaison Psychiatry.

The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated excellence and innovation in the integration of mental health with other medical care through collaborative care.

Professor Michael Sharpe, who leads this research theme, also won the award in 2015.

Finally, members of the same theme have given a boost to care at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation trust via the launch of the Oxford Psychological Medicine Centre.

The new centre, based in the West Wing at the John Radcliffe Hospital, brings Trust's existing clinical psychology teams for adults and children together with a University of Oxford research team, headed by Professor Michael Sharpe.

Professor Sharpe said: "Our teams have worked with the Trust management to create this centre. Oxford Psychological Medicine is already regarded as a beacon of integrated mental and physical care nationally and internationally, and the creation of this centre will enable us to do even more to help our patients."

The centre was opened by Trust Chairman Dame Fiona Caldicott on Tuesday 27 November 2018, and, as well as providing teaching for medical students, the centre's teaching programme will also benefit the Trust's nurses, doctors and other staff.

Find out more on the OUH website here, and the Oxford Psychological Medicine Centre website here.