22 January 2016
Alder Unit is excellent
Alder Unit at Callington Road Hospital
has been accredited as 'excellent' by the Accreditation for
Inpatient Mental Health Services (AIMS), a quality based initiative
of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Alder Unit provides rehabilitation for people who have long-term
mental health problems combined with other complex needs such as
personality disorders or problems carrying out activities of
day-to-day living. The Alder team also works with service users in
rehabilitation placements who need extra support.
AIMS accreditation assures staff, service users and carers,
commissioners and regulators of the quality of the service being
provided. In order to provide accreditation AIMS produce a
comprehensive report of mental health facilities. The report uses
evidence from staff, service users and carers as well as site and
facilities inspections to make a decision on accreditation.
These were some of the things which the team reviewing the unit
said in the report:
"Staff go the extra mile and are supportive of each other."
"They are a well-integrated and approachable team."
"Involvement and engagement are the key values of the unit."
"There is excellent clinical leadership from the unit manager
Positive comments about staff and the care that patients receive
were also given by carers and service users throughout the review.
One carer commented that, "We would like to say how much we
appreciate the care, patience and kindness of the staff in Alder
Ward Manager Simon Stacey said, "Our Team is a highly
experienced and experts in creating strategies to improve community
integration. This helps to increase independence for those service
users who have difficulties adapting to their conditions. The
accreditation is a welcome validation of the work we do here with a
group of highly disadvantaged service users and their carers."
Congratulations to the ward team for their excellent work and
service they provide to the people in their care.