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Health chief's work recognised
10:20am Sunday 24th June 2012 in News
The head of clinical services at an HIV centre in Brighton has received an award for an initiative which has made an impact on patient care.
Caroline Lovett was awarded the National HIV Nurses Association/Mediscript Clinical Practice Award of Excellence for her work at The Sussex Beacon.
She developed a psychological screening tool called My Brave Face Is False for the Beacon's inpatient unit which ensured users were offered appropriate psychological support.
After a six-month pilot study, the Beacon implemented psychological tests and now has a named nurse to lead on mental health at the unit.
Caroline said: “People living with HIV have a higher risk of psychological and mental health issues and are about twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression.
“The kind of psychological support we offer at the Beacon is so important in addressing the long term well-being of our clients.''
Simon Burgess, chairman of The Sussex Beacon said: “We are so very proud of this award. “It’s a great credit to Caroline and to the whole team.”