Swanswell on course for a trio of awards

11 August 2010

Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, has been shortlisted for three awards, recognising their outstanding work helping people to change their lives for the better.

Swanswell entered two categories in the Charity Times Awards, and has been shortlisted for both. The first is the Outstanding Individual Achievement award, for which Chris Robinson, Director of Services, was nominated. Chris has worked for Swanswell for 21 years and has designed a number of cutting-edge services that are making a difference to people’s lives.

The recognition in the category of Best Charity to Work For is particularly special to the charity, as it’s voted for by their own employees. The results of both awards will be announced at a ceremony on 01 September 2010, at the Hilton on Park Lane in Mayfair, London.

Swanswell has also been shortlisted for the Health and Social Care Awards, which celebrate innovation and excellence across health and social care. They entered their hospital liaison service for the category of Primary Care and Community Based Integration.

The service is unique because it takes support directly to patients who’ve been admitted to hospital and show signs of alcohol-related harm. By helping them to access treatment the service reduces readmissions and saves money for the NHS.

Of the patients referred to Swanswell, 82% weren’t referred back to the service.

With the cost per alcohol-related admission estimated at £1,540 - £2,120 (National Institute for Health and Excellence, 2010)1, the hospital liaison service saves an estimated £417,340 - £574,520 per year.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: It’s wonderful to see Swanswell’s work being recognised so widely. Our teams work very hard and go above and beyond for the service users they work with. Our success in the Best Charity to Work For award shows they enjoy their work and are proud to be part of Swanswell.’

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