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Staff on two inpatient wards at St George’s Hospital in Stafford are celebrating after gaining accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The accreditation follows an in-depth review of the services, covering five domains; General Standards, including policies, protocols and staffing related issues; Timely and Purposeful Admission; Safety; Environment and Facilities; Therapies and Activities.

Brocton and Chebsey are adult acute wards and provide inpatient services for people whose mental health needs are having an adverse impact on their lives, significantly affecting how they feel, live or function. These needs cannot be met by their GP or other primary care staff.

To achieve accreditation, staff on the wards first completed a self assessment which was then peer reviewed. This involved an inspection of the environment, processes, procedures and staffing. Focus groups were also held with staff and carers to gain their views on whether the wards met the standards required.

Accreditation enables services to demonstrate the quality of care they provide to service users and carers, their wider organisation and commissioners. Accredited services are also part of a network which encourages the sharing of good practice and learning from others.

Steve Martin, Ward Manager for Brocton and Chebsey said “This is a real opportunity for our services to show that the level of care provided to service users and carers is of the highest quality and demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement. It was a very detailed review and the teams feel immensely proud of obtaining their achievement.”