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Soyeb Aswat – Approved Mental Health Practitioner/Safeguarding Lead, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FT

Soyeb is an inspirational member of staff.  With over 20 years’ service he has continuously gone beyond the call of duty to make a positive difference to service users and carers.


Soyeb is a clinician and works closely with some of our most vulnerable mental health service users, both in-patients and in the community, improving their lives. He is well known and much loved by service users, carers and all his colleagues at the Trust.


Soyeb has developed a compassionate and responsive service, working tirelessly to respond to changing needs of his patients/carers. He is an exceptional colleague who has been instrumental in driving forward trust-wide transformation in adult mental health services for the local BAME population and developing new care pathways for young BAME people with early onset of psychosis.


Soyeb is a clinician for the transcultural mental health transformation programme and has been heavily involved in engaging with staff and service users as part of this working, organising focus groups for patients, carers and staff. He has also led a number of workshops to gage opinion from service users, carers, staff and stakeholders. By making sure that everyone was heard and listened to he has ensured that the transformation has remained rooted in delivering what is best for people rather than the system. This has led to a transformation programme that is being built from the bottom up, in line with our Trust values of putting people first and in the centre and with a real focus that families and carers matter.


Soyeb has also led on developing a new pathway across primary, secondary and the third sector for people from BAME communities. The pathway improves access and enables patients and carers to get timely support from the right people. This has paved the way for improvement and innovation in the way we provide services closer to home.


This project has led to a reduction of bed usage and patients being discharged back to primary care. In addition the pathways and support guidance has now been picked up by other areas in the Trust who are following the principles of the initiative and adapting the pathways and guidance to suit their own local needs. This innovative approach has improved our service offer, ensuring we are relevant today as well as ready for tomorrow.


Soyeb has set up a number of support groups for young male BAME service users using sport to aid recovery. Soyeb also runs a food/mood group for service users and carers where he teaches simple wholesome recipes to help improve their physical wellbeing. He delivers a module at the University of Huddersfield covering Transcultural Mental health and health inequalities. All this is in addition to the fantastic care he provides to his patients/carers on a daily basis.

edited on Apr 27, 2018 by Lauren Summers
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