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The quality of acute mental healthcare in Gloucestershire has been praised by Dr Páll  Matthiasson who is the Chief Executive of Iceland’s National University Hospital and Iceland’s national mental health services.

Dr. Páll Matthíasson was visiting ²gether NHS Foundation Trust (²gether) on a special fact finding mission with a delegation of senior clinicians and service specialists from Iceland. 

The Trust’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Low Secure Services provides specialist care for patients who need a safe, supportive environment for a defined period of time. The model of care and the new physical environment at Gloucester world class “Greyfriars” PICU was of particular interest to the international visitors.

Speaking after the visit, Dr. Páll Matthíasson said: “The exemplary services provided at Gloucestershire’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit is an inspiration”.

Greyfriars PICU has attracted worldwide attention since its opening in 2010. It has been described as ‘the best in the world’ and has attracted national and international visitors, aiming to learn from the quality of care provided locally and the substantial research and unique safety and environmental features at Greyfriers.

Roland Dix Consultant Nurse said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome Dr. Matthíasson and his team. We have a great team locally and it is testament to all those involved in the delivery of our services, that international colleagues are keen to learn from our hospital’s physical environment and the model of care we have developed”. 

James Wright, Manager at ²gether’s PICU said “Gloucestershire can be proud of its psychiatric care services which have been acknowledged widely as amongst the very best available.”

Dr. Matthiasson continued: “The work being achieved in Gloucestershire will help guide and improve clinical settings in Iceland”.