Mental health unit in Kettering recognised for good practice

The Forest Centre, a 24-bed unit for elderly patients who have mental health issues including dementia, is based at St Marys Hospital, Kettering
The Forest Centre, a 24-bed unit for elderly patients who have mental health issues including dementia, is based at St Marys Hospital, Kettering
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A unit for patients with mental health issues has been given an industry seal of approval for its work.

The Forest Centre, a 24-bed unit for elderly patients who have mental health issues including dementia, is based at St Mary’s Hospital, Kettering.

It has has been awarded an Acute Inpatient Mental Health Services (AIMS) accreditation for its dedication to providing high quality patient care.

The accreditation recognises the achievements of all staff at the Forest Centre as well as reassuring patients and service users of the high standards of the organisation.

Ward matron Kerry Flatman said: “This is a truly great achievement for the staff here at the Forest Centre, for our patients and for the trust.

“The Forest Centre is a fantastic unit providing great environment for our patients and the team are extremely passionate about delivering quality care for our patients and always go above and beyond their call of duty to do this.

“For their hard work to be recognised and be awarded with AIMS as well as receiving “Outstanding” in the last CQC visit is a testament to them.”

The Forest Centre is now the third unit or ward in the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust which has recently received the accreditation, following Brookview and Riverside wards at Berrywood Hospital in February 2015.

Trsut chief executive Angela Hillery said: “I am very proud of the team at the Forest Centre for receiving such a honourable accreditation which endorses the high standards of patient care the team delivers day in, day out.

“The Forest Centre is a benchmark for older adults inpatient mental health and this accreditation showcases that patient care is at the centre of all we do.”

AIMS is a partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Psychological Society, the College of Occupational Therapists and the Royal College of Nursing.

Accreditation for Acute Inpatient Mental Health Services for adult acute inpatient wards was successfully introduced in June 2006 to identify and acknowledge wards that have high standards of organisation and patient care, and to support and enable others to achieve this.