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Hazlewood ward accredited by RCPsych

Hazelwood Ward, based at the Woodlands Hospital in Salford, has been accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatry Quality Network for Older Adults Mental Health Services.

The ward is the first older adult ward in the Trust to be awarded the accredidation, which recognises good practice and high quality care and supports services to identify and address areas for improvement. The ward staff care for male older people who are living with a functional illness, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, providing a variety of therapeutic interventions.

Accreditation assures staff, service users and carers, commissioners and regulators of the quality of the service being provided.

The Quality Network for Older Adults Mental Health Services works with wards providing services to older people, to assure and improve the quality of inpatient mental health services. It engages staff and service users in a comprehensive process of self and peer review for the purposes of accreditation and quality improvement. Hazelwood's accreditation is subject to the terms and conditions of the Quality Network for Older Adults Mental Health Services, and as part of their ongoing accreditation they will complete an interim review, to ensure they continuing to meet the required standard.

Gill Drummond, Lead Nurse for Dementia at the Trust, said: "It is a credit to Alex Davidson and the team on the ward for putting in all the work to provide evidence to substantiate this award. Thank you to everyone who has supported this process over the last 18 months."

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