19 September 2012
Alder Unit excellence recognised
The high quality of the mental health rehabilitation
service at Alder Unit, Callington Road Hospital, has been
recognised with an 'excellent' national rating.
Alder has been accredited as excellent by AIMS
(Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services), a
demanding review programme looking at areas including training, the
ward environment, facilities and provision of activities and
Inspectors noted the strong support given at Alder to both
patients and carers, that carers felt listened to, and the
helpfulness of staff. The team was described as flexible, cohesive,
very patient-centred and focused.
Leslie Grundy, service manager for rehabilitation services,
said: "This accreditation is important recognition of the safe,
high quality service we provide to our service users at
Alder. It is a real boost for the team - affirmation that we
are doing the right things for a group of people who really
Accreditation is only given after detailed analysis of self
assessment reports, service user and carer questionnaires and an
Alder provides rehabilitation for people who have long-term
mental health problems combined with other complex needs such as
personality disorders and problems carrying out activities of
day-to-day living. Rehabilitation aims to maximise an
individual's quality of life and social inclusion by encouraging
development of skills and promoting independence and autonomy,
leading to successful community living with appropriate support.
The Alder team also works with service users in independent
sector rehabilitation placements who need extra support.
The successful AIMS inspection followed a six month process, led
by a group of mental health professionals, service users and
carers, during which staff, service users and carers were all asked
for their views of the ward and the care provided.
Other units to achieve AIMS accreditation recently
include the Elizabeth Casson House and Hazel psychiatric
intensive care units. More information about AIMS, which is run by
the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Centre for Quality Improvement,
is available at www.rcpsych.ac.uk/aims.