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Acute teams win Royal College accreditation

Liaison teams

Psychiatric liaison teams run by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) at three acute London hospitals are celebrating after gaining external professional recognition for the quality of care they provide for service users.

Teams at University College Hospital (UCH), the Whittington and Royal Free hospitals have successfully been accredited for the standard of care and good practice through a programme run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  
Accreditation to the Royal College’s Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) follows a process of self-evaluation and detailed peer review and is a strong endorsement of the practice and professionalism of our teams.
Adele McKay, Acting Associate Director of C&I’s Acute Division, said: “Successfully gaining PLAN accreditation is a significant development for our hard-working acute liaison teams and a great acknowledgement of their commitment to developing new approaches to delivering excellent care in quite often challenging circumstances.”
The PLAN accreditation scheme has a number of standards that aim to improve the quality of care provided to service users. The network of successfully accredited and aspiring liaison teams shares good practice and assists one another in improving and reshaping services in line with these standards.
The C&I teams have developed new ideas and ways of working, borrowing on good practice examples from around the country and devising their own, such as the new “Mental Health Care Plan” designed specifically  for Emergency Departments. 
Each team comprises general adult and older adult consultant psychiatrists, clinical nurse specialists, a specialist trainee or staff grade doctor, a core trainee, a Foundation Year doctor and an administrator.
Michael Dunning, Operational Service Manager for our acute liaison teams, said: “I am very proud of what we have been able to achieve in each of our three hospital-based teams to win this professional recognition, which is not something that all mental health trusts attain.
“Accreditation is a strong endorsement and encouragement of the way we have developed distinctive care approaches that cater for the quite different challenges faced by each of the teams. “

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