Grantham’s mental health rehabilitation service has been given the highest level of accreditation by The Royal College of Psychiatrists quality assessment.
Ashley House on Beacon Lane received an ‘excellent’ rating – the highest possible score - after meeting the demanding quality standards under AIMS (accreditation for inpatient mental health services).
This prestigious result ranks the town’s mental health rehabilitation unit amongst the very best in the country.
Ashley House provides specialist rehabilitation health and care for men and women who are recovering from mental health issues.
Earlier this month, staff and service users came together to receive their official certificate from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, Dr John Brewin.
AIMS is designed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to improve the quality of care in inpatient mental health wards. Staff and patients participated in a rigorous assessment process, which included a review by inspectors from other NHS trusts.
Dr Brewin said: “Receiving ‘excellence’ in the AIMS accreditation is a fantastic achievement. This national recognition is testament of the good practice and high quality and effective care our dedicated staff provide.”
AIMS accreditation initially lasts for two years. Following review, further accreditation for up to four years can be granted. The Care Quality Commission uses the accreditation status of AIMS as one of its sources of information for Trust quality and risk profiles.