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National accreditation for mother and baby mental health unit in Glasgow

The unit at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow has been recognised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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A mother and baby mental health unit has received national recognition for its work.

The unit at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow has been awarded the Royal College of Psychiatrists Perinatal Quality Network Accreditation following a review by external auditors.

The process involved compiling extensive records as proof of the work of the unit which then go before the Royal College panel.

Peer reviews ask carers and family members of patients for feedback about the service and speak to patients.

The Southern General Hospital facility is one of only two specialist units in Scotland.

The facility has 24 staff delivering in-patient services plus a team of five working in the community.

Clare Haughey, clinical nurse manager, said: "This is particularly difficult to achieve because you are reviewed by your peers. What it means for our patients is the reassurance that we are providing a high quality, best practice service.

"The standards are very high. The reviewers look at the care we provide, our staffing levels, environment, mixture of disciplines in the service and if are we meeting the standards of best practice for mother and baby units throughout the UK.

"Accreditation lasts for three years after which the unit must be reviewed again as well as undergoing a yearly review from the Royal College of Psychiatrist Perinatal Quality Network.

"Apart from maintaining standards there is always room for improvement, hence we welcome all feedback and suggestions from users, carers and referrers to our service."

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