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Acute mental health services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney rated excellent

Acute mental health services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney have been rated excellent under a Royal College of Psychiatrists quality assessment.

Great Yarmouth Acute Services have achieved Level 1 (Excellent) - the highest possible status in the AIMS (Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services) accreditation process.

AIMS is a standards-based accreditation programme designed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to improve the quality of care in inpatient mental health wards.

Through a comprehensive process of review, AIMS identifies and acknowledges high standards of organisation and patient care, and support other services to achieve these.
Chris Wager, Adult and Acute Service Manager, said: “This is a fantastic result, which recognises the high quality and effective care provided by the team in Great Yarmouth. The peer review report was extremely positive and among the feedback there was clear acknowledgment of the staff at Great Yarmouth Acute Services for their supportive, caring approach, ward based activities and Occupational Therapy, excellent links with the crisis team and the excellent environment.”

Accreditation is achieved through a rigorous programme of self and peer review with a visit by the external Peer Review Team to Great Yarmouth, took place in January 2014.

The Care Quality Commission also uses the accreditation status of AIMS in England as one of its sources of information used in Trust Quality and Risk Profiles. ​