Wokingham Borough Council is pleased to announce that their Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) has received the prestigious Accreditation for community mental health services (ACOMHS) from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, being the first CMHT in Berkshire to be accredited.
The accreditation programme works with staff to assure and improve the quality of community mental health services for people with mental health problems, and their carers.
Jointly funded by the Council and the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the CMHT received the accreditation after staff took part in a comprehensive process of review, through which good practice and high quality care were recognised.
Standards in relation to various functions including care and treatment, risk and safeguarding, service user involvement and carer support were all measured as part of the process, as well as service environment, leadership and culture, team working and staff wellbeing.
The process involved a period of self-review in relation to the standards and the gathering of evidence to support this. Service users and carers, referrer and carers with first-hand experience of using CMHT were also encouraged to get involved with questionnaires being sent out to obtain their views. The team was then visited by an ACOMHS peer review team who took the opportunity to ask questions and meet with service users.
Executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services Cllr Charles Margetts said" We are happy to receive this accreditation from the ACOMHS Accreditation Committee who recognise the high quality of community mental health services that our team provide for people in need, and their carers. This accreditation assures staff, service users and carers, commissioners and regulators of the quality of the service being provided in Wokingham Borough. I would like to thank Christine Dale, Head of Wokingham Mental Health Services, and her team for all their hard work.”
The Wokingham Community Older Adults Mental Health Service (COAMHS) have also previously received Accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists for the work they carry out through the memory clinic based at Wokingham Hospital.