Scarborough older people's service aims high

Rowan Lea ward at Cross Lane Hospital in Scarborough has received accreditation for inpatient mental health services (AIMS) from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Rowan Lea ward at Cross Lane Hospital in Scarborough has received accreditation for inpatient mental health services (AIMS) from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

 

The ward provides care for older people with mental health illnesses who live in the North Yorkshire area and need inpatient care. It is the first mental health services for older people (MHSOP) ward within the Trust to receive the accreditation and 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.

 

Rowan Lea ward was particularly commended for the appealing ward environment, layout, well equipped facilities and beautiful outdoor space. The ward manager, Shaun Burke was praised for his “knowledge and inspirational management style” in leading a multi-disciplinary team who are described as “passionate and cohesive, committed to their job and really love doing what they do”.

 

Shaun said: “I am exceptionally proud of the commitment and dedication from everyone working on the ward in achieving AIMS accreditation. We always strive to do our best and this accreditation recognises the hard work of all our staff and showcases the high quality of care that we provide.”

 

Rachel Hogarth, locality manager added “The ward should be immensely proud of this achievement and the standards of care they deliver to our patients; staff have received this recognition for the amazing work which they do and I am extremely delighted for them.” 

 

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