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Gloucestershire’s Greyfriars Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) inpatient Unit has received official Accreditation of Inpatient Mental Health Services (AIMS) from the Royal Collage of Psychiatrists and the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive care Units for their high standards of care.

The hospital, which is run by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, achieved the highest AIMS accreditation of “excellent” after a 12-month assessment period.

James Wright, Unit Manager for Greyfriars PICU said: “It is fantastic to receive national recognition for the excellent care provided by staff working on the ward. The accreditation provides our service users additional reassurance on the quality of care we provide.”

Out of the 31 PICU wards nationally, Greyfriars is one of only six to achieve the Excellent rating from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and NAPICU.

Trish Jay, Director of Quality and Performance at ²gether said: “Our Greyfriars team should be very proud of their achievement of AIMS accreditation. They have done a great job in securing this highly sought after Unit and to be one of the few Units to receive an Excellent rating is a true reflection on the quality of care the team provides.

“We will keep up this good work and make sure our service users continue to receive excellent, person centred care and support at all times.”

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 the Royal College of Psychiatrists 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.