PERFORMANCE: A specialist unit for new mothers with mental health problems run by Derbyshire Healthcare FT has gained official accreditation after meeting stringent quality standards.

The Beeches, which cares for mothers with perinatal illness and their babies, was reviewed by the Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health.

The service achieved Level Two standard in the assessment having met strict standards around patient care and procedures, and is now accredited by the network.

“This is a fabulous achievement,” said service manager Cheryl Sticka. “Meeting these standards offers assurance to our patients and referrers of the quality service on offer.”

More than 500 mothers have benefited from the service, which has been running for over 15 years and boasts a full recovery rate of more than 80 per cent.

The Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health is an initiative of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement.

Accreditation is for three years. The review included a detailed self-review and peer review. The unit will undergo two more peer reviews to ensure standards are maintained.

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