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 Service (ECTAS).

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.

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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 staff.

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