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NAViGO recognised by Royal College of Psychiatry

24/02/2021

Local community mental health services have received national recognition for their dedicated work and high-quality care by gaining accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatry.

Leading NHS services provider NAViGO’s Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) provides support within the community to working age adults living with severe mental illness across North East Lincolnshire.

The Royal College of Psychiatry accreditation assures the quality of community mental health services for people with mental health problems as well as their carers recognising the good practice, work and care provided by NAViGO.

Over 130 comprehensive standards, set by the Royal College, are designed to be applicable to all adult community mental health services and were used to assess the quality and core functions of the specialist team including service user safety, treatment, experience and facilities.

Eight of NAViGO’s services are now accredited including the specialist eating disorder unit and dedicated older people’s suite, a hugely successful feat, NAViGO chief executive Jane Lewington is especially proud of: “Gaining accreditation not only recognises the hard work and dedication of our staff but the process itself allows us to step back and, alongside service users, really take a look at our services.

“We’re committed to providing the best possible care, ensuring best practice and making sure that we continue to grow, improve and develop across all of our service areas be they inpatient, specialist or community based.”

NAViGO’s inpatient facilities have been accredited for the last eleven years while the Older People’s Home Treatment Team were one of the first in the country to be recognised.

The accreditation comes in a year that has proven to be the most challenging for the NHS with the effects of the pandemic due to impact on mental health services for months to come.

Jane added: “To achieve accreditation this year illustrates how determined we are to make sure that our services not only meet the needs of the local community now but that they are set up to meet the demand of the future.”

The accreditation has been awarded until May 2023.

All of NAViGO’s services have and continue to operate throughout the pandemic.

If you need urgent help, or if you’re worried about the mental or emotional state of yourself or someone you know, please telephone:

  • NAViGO, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01472 256256 option 3

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