10 May 2012
Devizes-based mental health clinic achieves 'Excellent' rating
A Devizes-based mental health clinic offering
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is celebrating achieving an
'Excellent' rating following an audit by the ECT Accreditation
The clinic in Green Lane Hospital, run by Avon and Wiltshire
Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) - a major mental health
service provider in the region - carries out approximately 600 ECT
treatments each year.
The ECT Accreditation Service assesses ECT units across the
country to assure service users, staff, commissioners and
regulators of the quality of the treatments being provided. The
audits look at a unit's facilities, staffing and training
provisions, policies and procedures, and patient satisfaction.
"This is a great achievement for the clinic," says a
spokesperson for the ECT clinic. "The assessment covers a stiff set
of standards against which the ECT unit is measured, so we did very
well to receive an 'excellent' rating."
"The first time we were assessed was six years ago when we were
given a 'pass'. But in 2009 we received an 'excellent' rating and
we achieved this again in April. Reaching this level is one thing,
but being able to maintain it is another. We are only a small team
and this demonstrates the level of commitment and dedication shown
by our staff."
The ECT Accreditation Service is an initiative run by the Royal
College of Psychiatrist's 'College Centre for Quality Improvement'.
The audits usually take place every three years and involve three
phases, starting with a self-review assessment, followed by peer
review, and finalising with the accreditation decision. When a unit
achieves 'excellent' status the reviews are annual and do not
involve the peer review phase.
"We will now be assessed yearly so that we can carry on
maintaining our high standard," adds the spokesperson.
Melanie Vincent, Communications Officer, 01249 468088
Ray Chalmers, Head of Communications, 01249 468088
Notes to Editor
- Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
(AWP): Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS
Trust (AWP) is a significant provider of specialist mental health
services to adult and older adults in: Bath and North East
Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
and Swindon. AWP also provides specialist drug and alcohol services
and secure mental health services to people living across a wider
area. Increasingly we provide treatment and care in people's own
homes and other community settings, reflecting the preferences of
our service users. Our community services are supported by high
quality inpatient services that provide short term assessment,
treatment and care.
- Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): ECT is a
treatment used for a small number of severe mental health
disorders, such as severe depression, mania and catatonia. During
ECT, an electric current is passed briefly though the brain, which
causes a seizure. ECT is given under a general anaesthetic and
patients are also given drugs to relax their muscles. Usually, ECT
is given in a course of six or 12 sessions, by specially trained