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Spalding area community mental health team given 'Continuous Quality Improvement' award

A community mental health team based in Spalding has been recognised for the quality of its work.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (LPFT) community mental health team, located at the Johnson Community Hospital, has achieved the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Accreditation for Community Mental Health Teams (ACOMHS).

The honour is awarded by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of the work done by the team over the last 12 months.

Spalding's CQI-accredited community mental health team are based at Johnson Community Hospital.Photo supplied.
Spalding's CQI-accredited community mental health team are based at Johnson Community Hospital.Photo supplied.

Christine Coupar, the team's service manager, said: “We are very proud of this achievement which demonstrates the quality of care our community mental health team deliver to both service users and carers.

"Spalding will be the fifth of our teams accredited so far and we are working with the remaining nine LPFT mental health teams towards their accreditation.

"It takes a lot of work to achieve and stands in place as a marker of the incredible care and compassion that goes into the daily work of our teams."

All nine of LPFT’s community mental health teams have been signed up to the ACOMHS accreditation programme.

The CQI accreditation programme helps to assure and improve the quality of community mental health services for people with mental health problems and their carers.

It involves a staff review where good practice and high quality care are recognised and teams receive support to identify and address areas for improvement.

Anne Harris, Quality Assurance Lead for the Trust, said: "The teams have achieved this accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists against the 31 standards it sets in place.

"We will continue to build on this to improve our service but, in the meantime, want to send massive congratulations to the team”

This initiative from the Royal College of Psychiatrists' CQI aims to help community mental health services focus on and improve quality of care, awarding accreditations to services that meet sufficient standards.

Chris Higgins, LPFT's Director of Operations, said: “I am delighted that our community mental health team in Spalding has achieved this accreditation.

"They have worked very hard in the process and accreditations are reassuring for service users, carers and staff.”

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