Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s GRID (Grass Roots in Derbyshire) recovery group has been Highly Commended in the 2012 Innovation Competition organised by Health Enterprise East, the NHS Innovation Hub for the Eastern Region.
GRID was recognised in the Therapeutic Disease Management category, alongside Martin Smith, Service Manager at Derbyshire Healthcare, who has been co-ordinating the project. Matt Silcock, a co-founder of GRID was also in attendance. GRID is a recovery community run by and for service users in Substance Misuse in the belief they can recover from addiction and become active citizens.
The group offers a variety of interventions including peer support, group work and allotment work, as well as education sessions for staff, police and schools. The social return on investment is significant and holistic. Those involved have started looking for work or education; improved their parenting skills and cut the risk of intergenerational addiction.
Awards were presented to winners by the TV presenter and broadcaster Maggie Philbin at a special NHS Innovation Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 10 October at The Nucleus, Chesterford Research Park. Winners, where possible, will be supported by Health Enterprise East to progress their idea.
Martin Smith, Service Manager said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the hard work and dedication shown by the members of GRID has been recognised in this way. We’ve all been thrilled with the impact GRID has had on our substance misuse services, and it’s been great to see the peer support in action. There are big things on the horizon for the group, and we’ll support them all the way.”