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Patient or Professional Association of the Year


Rethink Mental Illness

Summary of work

Winner: Rethink Mental Illness

Following a successful rebranding in a bid to raise its public profile and having led a coalition of health charities to help influence the Health & Social Care Bill, Rethink Mental Illness created an important and lasting impact during 2011.

With around 250 services and over 150 support groups, the mental health charity helps almost 60,000 people each year. And through campaigning, both at a national level for policy change and a local level for supporting people in need, Rethink Mental Illness has positioned itself as the largest national voluntary sector provider of mental health services.

Throughout 2011, the charity hosted local training events across England, which brought service users and carers into direct contact with decision makers from the NHS and social care. As a result, NHS Trusts have committed to addressing the physical health inequalities for people affected by mental illness.

Furthermore, in June 2011 all recommendations put forward by the Richmond Group of charities, led by Rethink Mental Illness, were accepted by the coalition government and incorporated into the revised Health and Social Care Bill.

Judges comments

Against very stiff standard of entries they stood head and shoulders above the competition because of their clear strategy. In times of financial hardship they remained true to their mission.

Key dates

Entry deadline 10th March 2023
Extended entry deadline 17th March 2023
(additional fee applies)
Judging days 4th, 5th and 19th
May 2023
Awards Ceremony 6th July 2023

Contact information:

For sponsorship opportunities:
Sales Team
Tel: +44 (0)1372 414200

General event enquiries:
Debbie Tuesley
Tel: +44 (0)1372 414243

Entry and dinner booking enquiries:
Charlotte Garnade
Tel: 01372 414253