Joy as Darwin Centre receives top honour

Young people's centre receives highest possible accreditation rating

Joy as Darwin Centre receives top honour
15 May 2013

Team effort:  Darwin Centre staff members (left to right) Stefan Osnowski, Philippa Whittick, Jan Thulbourn, Paul Millard , Chick Knox Macaulay, Ginny Chung, Sorcha Morrell, Carole Crook, Kailash Ludhor. Not pictured are James Fairbairn and Amanda Morris Drake who were part of the QNIC accreditation team.

The Darwin Centre for Young People has been accredited as “excellent” in a review of quality and safety standards led by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The centre has received the highest possible accreditation rating following an assessment by officials from the Quality Network for Inpatient Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (QNIC).

The assessment included questionnaires completed by staff, patients and their parents, a thorough review of policies and procedures, audits of case notes and an in-depth inspection of the centre.

Paul Millard, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, said: “We are delighted to have been given this accreditation. It is a reflection of the hard work and commitment everyone who works at the Darwin Centre has shown.”

Dr Attila Vegh, Chief Executive of CPFT, said: “I am delighted for everyone at the Darwin Centre for Young People. This is a prestigious honour and is proof of what an incredible service our staff provide. I am very proud of what they have achieved.”

The Darwin Centre for Young People is a specialist adolescent in-patient unit for the assessment and treatment of young people age 12-17 years old with serious mental health problems.

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For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

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Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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