Farnham ward aims high in adult mental health

Farnham ward, Lanchester Road Hospital, Durham has received accreditation for inpatient mental health services (AIMS) from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Farnham ward, Lanchester Road Hospital, Durham has received accreditation for inpatient mental health services (AIMS) from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The ward provides care for adults with mental health illnesses who live in the Durham area and need inpatient care. The national recognition assures staff, service users and carers, commissioners and regulators of the quality of the service being provided.

AIMS standards cover five areas including general standards, timely and purposeful admission, patient safety, the environment and facilities and the therapies and activities available. All the standards are developed to support services to improve the quality of care for people using them and to demonstrate that they meet national requirements.

Farnham ward was particularly commended for its spacious environment and the range of activities available for patients, which include badminton, walking football and a gym to name a few.

Staff on the ward were praised for being approachable and for the positive interaction between themselves and patients. The Royal College of Psychiatrists were impressed with the provision of relevant training for staff and the mindfulness and relaxation techniques delivered in-turn to service users.

Ward manager, Brian Wilkinson, said: “The Farnham ward team are very committed and supportive of one another and this was noted in the accreditation. They work exceptionally hard as a multi-disciplinary team and deal with challenges on the busy ward in a professional manner. I am proud that all of their hard work and dedication to service user’s recovery has been recognised by this peer review process.”

Accreditation is valid for up to four years and is subject to an annual self-review.