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Cygnet Hospital Bierley scores highly in Quality Network review

Cygnet Hospital Bierley has been scored 88% in a review by the Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services. The hospital also achieved 100% ratings in five of the areas assessed, these were, ‘Admission’, ‘Physical Health Care’, ‘Recovery’, ‘Physical Security’ and ‘Discharge’.
The improvements to Cygnet Hospital Bierley's courtyard was praised by the Quality Network review team.
The improvements to Cygnet Hospital Bierley’s courtyard was praised by the Quality Network review team.

These scores are the result of a peer review visit to the hospital on 12th November 2014. The two services being assessed were the low secure men’s unit on Shelley Ward and the low secure service for women on Bronte Ward. Initial feedback from the review identified the following areas as key achievements:

  • The improvements to the courtyard in terms of the removal of the dividing fences was commented on as a positive
  • The dedicated multi faith room and the standard of the room with it’s resources
  • The links with the local community
  • The range and quality of interventions provided by Therapy team, the resources available and the staff team members
  • Service user involvement in all aspects of the running of the service, this is really positive to see and is evident across the disciplines and staff groups
  • Availability of key pad operated safes in bedrooms
  • Internet access, this was commented on as a good idea to include in the quarterly newsletter published by the Quality Network
  • Staff members being respectful of service users, this gave us an excellent basis to launch the values and is one of the best things to hear from independent reviewers

The report also identified some areas that needed improvement and these will be worked on as part of a Local Action Plan at the hospital.

“The positive spirit in which the team at Bierley entered into the review process was commented on, especially in terms of the enthusiasm to share learning and further develop the service. I hope our second review is able to reflect on the progress we plan to make.”Jenny McVinnie, Hospital Manager

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