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Saturday 16 February 2019
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The Beeches receives national accreditation

Mother and baby

Staff and patients at our specialist mother and baby mental health unit are delighted that the unit has been awarded for the care it offers.

The Beeches, based at the Radbourne Unit in Derby, has been nationally accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for a second successful time following a visit from external healthcare professionals and ‘expert patients’ who are part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ quality network for perinatal mental health. During this visit, the team underwent a very detailed review which took into account many aspects of care such as the patient journey from admission to discharge, the surrounding environment and facilities, staffing levels and what training they have received, and hearing first-hand from patients and their relatives about the treatment being offered at the unit.

This kite mark, which lasts for three years, highlights and offers assurance that the Beeches is one of only 15 units offering specialist perinatal care across the country that provides a service of quality to pregnant women and new mothers who are experiencing mental health issues such as severe postnatal depression, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The Beeches is a six-bedded self-contained specialist unit that provides assessment, care and treatment for women who are at risk of or experiencing serious mental illness either antenatally or postnatally.

The team will now be visited on a yearly basis by the Royal College of Psychiatrists quality network in the form of a peer review to ensure that the unit is maintaining the standards met and to highlight any service developments.

Cheryl Sticka, Senior Nurse, who manages the Beeches said: “It is a fantastic achievement for our team here at the Beeches that we have achieved the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ accreditation for perinatal mental health again and it is very well deserved. Not only does this recognition highlight nationally that we are a leader in providing quality care, it also enables us to share our good practice with similar units across England.”

A mother who has recently been discharged from the Beeches said: “The staff are well trained in caring for me and my baby. Whilst spending some time at the unit I was given all the information and support that I needed about breastfeeding and was actively involved in the development of my care plan.”