TWO adult in-patient wards at Cross Lane Hospital in Scarborough have received accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The Esk and Danby wards, operated by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), provide care for adults with mental health illnesses who live in the North Yorkshire area and need in-patient care.

The accreditation for in-patient mental health services (AIMS) is nationally recognised and means that patients, staff, carers, commissioners and regulators can be assured of the quality of the service being provided.

Nicky Scott, locality manager, said: "I am really proud of everyone working on the ward in achieving AIMS accreditation.

"We always strive to do our best and this accreditation recognises the dedication and hard work of all our staff and showcases the high quality of care that we provide."

AIMS standards cover five areas including general standards, timely and purposeful admission, patient safety, the environment and facilities and the therapies and activities available.

The wards were particularly commended for the staff team being very patient focussed.

Patients and carers were happy with the information provided about the ward and felt that their views and opinions were listened to. Patients were positive about their time on the ward and many felt the ward had a warm, welcoming atmosphere and that they were able to get involved with activities.

Accreditation is valid for up to four years and is subject to a self-review every two years.