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Manchester Young Adult’s Burn Camp is highly commended at HSJ awards

Manchester Children's Burn Camp has been helping heal the physical and mental scars of children who have suffered serious burn injuries for more than a decade. Now its successor, which aims to give young adults the same opportunities, has been highly commended in the Patient Centred Care category of the national HSJ award ceremony in London. Manchester Young Adult's Burn Camp (MYABC) was the first in the country to develop this provision for those aged between 16 and 25 years.

Associate Director Service Improvement Anna Addison said: "We are all delighted with the result. It was particularly special as two of the young people who attended camps were with us at the awards. " The residential camps consist of activities designed to challenge, build confidence and develop a sense of achievement, which include caving and abseiling, as well as activities designed to enhanced confidence about appearance issues. The programme is jointly delivered by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Pan Manchester Burns Network Manager Suzanne Denley said: "The staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty not only by undertaking physically demanding activities, but by developing their skills in leadership, a greater understanding of some of the psychological challenges faced by the young people they work with and in working out with their usual 'professional' groups."

Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Sarah Gaskell added: "To be highly commended for this award feels like a huge honour and a tribute to the staff at all levels within all organisations that have supported and championed this initiative from the start. It is also a great credit to all the young people who have nagged us over the years to develop a programme for this vulnerable age group!"

The team have a specific burn care standard which says 'Adequate provision should be made for children to progress from a paediatric service to the adult service at a defined stage.' MYABC originated from a local event held for young people who had sustained burn injuries and their families and staff from the child and adult burns services. It aimed to review the existing transition experiences of young people from child to adult services. One of the ideas put forward was the development of a residential burns camp for the 16-25year olds with the first one being held in May 2008.