We are pleased to announce that the Multi-Agency Support Team (MAST) has been shortlisted for this year’s NHS Parliamentary Award in the category for Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care. The nomination recognises the team’s work at Airedale General Hospital and Bradford Royal Infirmary.
MAST is a partnership of five VCS organisations and works with individuals who frequently present at Emergency Departments with similar issues. Each partner organisation focuses on a different specialist area, providing support around three key pressure points; mental health, alcohol use and frailty.
By working with frequent attenders both in hospital then after discharge in the community, MAST helps enable timely discharge and lowers the risk of readmission, with the aim of reducing the pressures on Emergency Departments.
MAST began delivery in 2020 and now comprises workers from Carers’ Resource, The Cellar Trust, HALE, Keighley Healthy Living and Project 6.
As one of the MAST partners we want to acknowledge the impressive impact the team has achieved in the last 12 months and express our pride at receiving recognition from the wider sector. This nomination will help us continue to make the case for authentic partnership working and demonstrate the vital role local VCS organisations can play in providing meaningful and effective change to our communities.
MAST were nominated by MP’s for Bradford West and Keighley Naz Shah and Robbie Moore. The winners of the NHS Parliamentary Awards will be announced at a ceremony on the 6th July 2022.