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National approval for psychiatry programme
5:00pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
SERVICES that support people with mental health problems have been given a national seal of approval.
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s mental health crisis assessment team and its home treatment teams covering Worcester, Malvern and Wychavon have been officially recognised by the Royal College of Psychiatry’s accreditation programme.
The scheme provides reassurance for service users, carers, commissioners, regulators and staff and is only awarded to services that have demonstrated high quality during a rigorous programme of assessments.
The crisis assessment team responds to urgent referrals for assessment and provides short-term crisis support right across Worcestershire.
Home treatment teams provide care for people who would otherwise need to be admitted to psychiatric hospital and can also help people to be discharged early.
Home treatment teams covering Redditch. Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest are currently going through the accreditation process.
Derek Hammond, the trust’s clinical lead for adult mental health, said: “This accreditation is the equivalent of a Kite Mark or a gold standard and is only awarded to those which deliver the highest quality services.”
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