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Greyfriars Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), in Gloucester, has once again been accredited as ‘excellent’.

The unit, in Horton Road, has been awarded the grading by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU).

It is the third consecutive time that the unit, run by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the top grading under the Accreditation of Inpatient Mental Health Services (AIMS) scheme.

Greyfriars Ward Manager Steve Ireland said: "Our continued accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and NAPICU demonstrates that our unit remains one of the best in the UK.

"We have regularly been visited by other NHS Trusts and services across Europe, because we are seen to be providing a model of care and services that other Trusts aspire to.

"The ongoing recognition for our high standards of care is very welcome. It not only gives reassurance to us and our service users and carers, it also confirms that all of the hard work our staff put into running the unit is recognised and appreciated."

Greyfriars PICU was opened in 2010 in the grounds of Wotton Lawn Hospital. The centre provides care and treatment for people whose safe management and treatment is not possible on an open acute ward. It has 10 individual bedrooms with en-suite facilities.

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, click here.

To read more about Greyfriars, click here.

Two other Gloucester Health and Care services have also recently received accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. These are the Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) clinic at Wotton Lawn Hospital and the ECT clinic at Stonebow Unit, Hereford.

Both services were also accredited as being ‘excellent’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.