Engage Programme

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust


The Engage Programme was shortlisted for the Striving for Excellence Service improvement Award at Salisbury District Hospital in 2011 and won the category. The programmes innovative and sustainable approach to improving patient care was highlighted as a particular asset to the hospital.

In 2012 The Engage Programme was shortlisted for the Striving for Excellence Equality and Diversity Award and was highly commended for it's innovative work in improving the psychological wellbeing of older adults in hospital.

In 2013 the team designed a conference poster about the Engage Programme which we were asked to present at the National Audit of Dementia Conference in London. It was a great opportunity to share our work with like minded colleagues across the country.

Engage was also shortlisted for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards in the 'Acute Sector Innovation' category in 2013. We presented our work to the biggest awards event in the healthcare calendar with more than 1300 NHS and independent leaders attending.

A report on the project has been published in the Salisbury Journal as well as being broadcasted on the radio station Spire fm. It also featured in the national press (The Telegraph) and also BBC Wiltshire.

The project has huge recognition from both patients and staff and has proven to be invaluable support to patients in the hospital.

Engage was described as a 'Beacon of good practice' by the National Dementia Audit Committee.






We were recently honoured to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2016, in recognition of our outstanding contribution to supporting older patients in hospital.

Engage were thrilled to receive this award, which is awarded to fewer than 200 organisations each year! In addition to recognising our significant achievements in supporting our older patients, it also shines a light on the innovation and commitment of our Clinical Psychology Department.