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Published: 23/03/2011

Local mental health service gets unique national accreditation

News Release

A Portsmouth service for children and adolescents with mental health difficulties has received an excellent accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, making it the only service in the country with such an accolade.

The Solent Healthcare run Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) was accredited as excellent under the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Quality Network for Community CAMHS.

“We were delighted to receive this accreditation especially as it comes with the added distinction of making us the first CAMHS team out of the 80 teams signed up to the network to achieve this. To top it up, our You Count adolescent service has also been accredited with a ‘You’re welcome’ standard, which underlines our aspiration to offer all young people with a friendly service,” said Anne Fleming, CAMHS Service Manager.

In addition to having the formal work of the service recognised, the accreditation enables Solent Healthcare’s CAMHS to demonstrate to commissioners, senior trust managers, referrers, young people and carers that quality and safety standards are met.

In their quest to continually improve the quality of mental health services in Portsmouth, CAMHS has also launched an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) care pathway, which will result in one staff member from more than 70 local schools being trained to understand and manage the condition.

“Not only will the staff member be equipped to understand and manage ADHD and other types of behaviour associated with the disorders but they will also be able to train their colleagues. This project has had outstanding outcomes for all the children and young people in Portsmouth, not only those with ADHD and is certainly something for Portsmouth to celebrate,” said Melanie Wells, Highly Specialist Community Therapist.

Congratulating the CAMHS team, Solent Healthcare’s Director of Clinical Excellence and Delivery, Judy Hillier, said “Our team has got every reason to be proud of their achievements and deserve to be commended for seeking to deliver the very best of care possible. The accreditation goes a long way in showing that we are an organisation that sets very high standards for ourselves as we would like each and every one of our patients to have the best care possible. CAMHS has demonstrated that we are able to do just that.”


Notes for Editors:

Solent Healthcare was created on 1 April 2010 through the integration of Southampton Community Healthcare and Portsmouth Community and Mental Health Services

It is hosted by Southampton City Primary Care Trust and provides community health services throughout Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire

For more information please contact Elton Dzikiti, Assistant Communications Manager, Solent Healthcare on 023 8060 8936.

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