Dr Lucy Wheen, Clinical Lead for Bryn Melyn Care wins Gold at the Wales Care Awards. Entered in the “Excellence in Mental Health Care” category Lucy was presented with her Gold Award at the ceremony held at Cardiff City Hall on 21st October 2016.
The Award came as a result of Lucy’s pioneering work in setting up Bryn Melyn Care’s mental health step-down service. Based in Wrexham, the home offers personalised integrated therapeutic care to children and young people previously detained under the Mental Health Act who are ready to leave hospital, but not ready to return to their family home.
Lucy liaised with Wrexham’s CAMHS practitioners, psychiatrists and other professionals over the purpose of the home, how it might enable young people with mental health issues to live in a community setting.
Speaking at the Wales Care Awards, Lucy said, “I’m am delighted on behalf of the hard working team behind this service and it is a huge honour to have won the Excellence in Mental Health Care category. It is definitely not just about me. All the care staff, educators and clinical professionals have done excellent work in getting this new service off the ground. I, like many others who support children and young people in residential care, am extremely passionate about my job and it is great to receive this recognition for our hard work.
Mario Kreft, Chair of Care Forum Wales that run the awards, said Lucy was a prime example of the devoted staff that the Wales Care Awards set out to recognise. He said, “The event is now firmly established as one of the highlights of the Welsh social care calendar. “The aim is to recognise the unstinting and often remarkable dedication of our unsung heroes and heroines across Wales.”