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High standards recognised with prized accreditation

A specialist service run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded a prized national accreditation in recognition of the safe, high quality therapy it provides to patients.

The ECT Suite at Woodlands in Ipswich has been awarded 'accreditation with continuing excellence' by the ECT Accreditation Service (ECTAS) on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The accreditation shows the unit is delivering the highest standards of care to patients having electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The therapy is carried out while the patient is under general anaesthetic for the rapid treatment of severe depression that is life-threatening, or when other treatments have failed. ECT causes the release of certain brain chemicals that can help ease depression and, more importantly, makes these chemicals more likely to work and  thereby help recovery.

The achievement comes after an initial ECTAS inspection and subsequent submission of a wide range of written evidence documenting the policies and procedures which are in place to help the department meet a range of quality standards.

This included information about the clinic's facilities, patient safety, staff training, assessment and preparation, consent, anaesthetic practice, recovery and follow up and the administration of the treatment itself. Feedback from patients and case notes were also reviewed as part of the evaluation.

Beth Clayton, Clinical Team Leader for the ECT service, said: "We are delighted that we have been awarded this accreditation. It is a testament to the dedication of our team and comes following a lot of hard work.

"The accreditation shows that our patients are receiving safe, high quality services and effective follow up care from well-trained staff. It also shows the therapy we provide is being delivered from appropriate facilities and that all of the correct protocols are in place.

"Receiving the highest possible accreditation awarded by ECTAS should also assure service users, their families, carers, referrers and the public of the quality of service which we provide at Woodlands."

The unit's accreditation covers a period of three years and will be reviewed annually to ensure Woodlands is continuing to meet all of the quality standards.


For more information about ECT please visit the Royal College of Psychiatrists website‚Äč