14 July 2017

Riverside pride

Riverside Pride250Riverside Adolescent Unit has received an outstanding QNIC report for 2017.

QNIC, the external national accreditation framework of the Royal College of Psychiatrists scored Riverside 96% for care and treatment and 100% for young people's rights and safeguarding children. External experts came from other CAMHS in patient units and examined all aspects of care and the environment and their full report can be read here.

Over the past two years, the Riverside Adolescent Unit has undergone major changes.

The biggest of these has been the move from North Bristol Trust to AWP. As expected this transition has not always been smooth, with new systems, new management, new ways of working and thinking, and new opportunities. However, the team has really stepped up to these challenges and are embracing new ways of working.

Riverside has recently become more embedded as part of a wider South West network, rather than serving just Bristol and the surrounding area; a region where traditionally there is a lack of in patient provision for young people.

The purpose of Riverside is to help young people with severe emotional and psychological difficulties. It is a safe place for young people to recover, where they are accepted for who they are, and are good enough no matter what. They are in an environment where they are allowed to explore and discover who they are, and this can all take time. 

The Riverside has a staff team and therapy programme that enables this, and of which we are rightfully proud. The team work incredibly hard to develop meaningful relationships with young people, sometimes over prolonged periods of time. Without these positive relationships, there is no recovery.

Congratulations and well done to the team!

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