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Two Recovery Inpatient Units in Cheltenham have been recognised for the high standards of care they provide.

The Laurel House and Honeybourne Recovery Inpatient Units are run by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust and are used by adults with a serious mental illness, predominantly psychosis.

They were assessed in August by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and were officially accredited under the Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services (AIMS) scheme, with a rating of ‘excellent’ – the best available.

Helen Elliott, matron for both units, said she was extremely pleased with the results of the assessment. She said: “This accreditation reflects the commitment and dedication of the teams at both units.

“As well as reflecting the hard work of our staff, this is also positive news for our service users, as it ensures they will continue to receive a high standard of care when using our units.”

The units, which are both situated in Swindon Road, aim to work with service users to help them establish the best possible quality of life and enable them to live as independently as their individual abilities allow.

The application for AIMS accreditation includes service users and family carers checking progress against a number of care and organisational standards. Accreditation is only granted following a visit from Royal College of Psychiatrist assessors, who check current practice within the Unit.

AIMS was set up by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to identify and acknowledge services with high standards of organisation and care, and with a view to helping other healthcare providers to achieve these standards.

To read more about the Royal College of Psychiatrists, visit www.rcpsych.ac.uk

To find out more about Laurel House and Honeybourne, visit https://www.ghc.nhs.uk/recovery-inpatients-units