01 September 2021

Congratulations to our Wedgwood Eating Disorders Team on gaining QNIC accreditation!

Our Eating Disorders Wedgwood Unit at Huntercombe Hospital Stafford is now an accredited member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS (QNIC). This is a supportive network of healthcare professionals who share best practice to improve the quality of inpatient CAMHS services nationally, and in the UK, 95% of inpatient mental health services for children and young people are in the network.

To promote the highest level of care, representatives from QNIC visit each site to carry out a peer review and measure each service against a set list of criteria. The hospital is awarded a percentage mark for compliance against each of the six standards: staffing and training, access, admission and discharge, care and treatment, information, consent and confidentiality, young people’s rights and safeguarding children and clinical governance. Each standard has 3 levels, with Level 1, being the level you need to meet, Level 2 being what you’d be expected to meet and level 3 being the standard that an excellent ward should meet.

Our Wedgwood Unit had their peer review visit on 7 February 2020 and received scores of 100% compliance in level 1 of all the six standards, they also went on to score particularly highly in the categories: Care and Treatment,Staffing and Training and Access, Admission & Discharge.

For Care and Treatment Wedgwood achieved a level 3 and received the following comments: Staff
said: ‘The service offers a range of interventions for young people including medicine, therapy and group
initiatives.’ Staff stated that young people are invited to write their own personalised care plan collaboratively
with key workers, which is signed by the young people. The young people said: ‘Since being here, we have been
offered a range of interventions and a personalised timetable of activities that are important to us.’ ‘We have been offered healthy lifestyle interventions.’ Parents said: ‘We are happy with the school on the unit.’
‘We have been offered family therapy.’ ‘We know who our child’s key worker is and we are able to
meet them often.’

For Staffing and Training our Wedgwood team also achieved a level 3 and received the following comments: ‘Staff
feel the ward supports staff wellbeing by offering monthly supervision, flexible working and reflective
practice sessions.’ ‘Staff feel the ward supports staff wellbeing by offering monthly supervision, flexible
working and reflective practice sessions.’ The young people said: ‘We think there are enough staff on the
unit most of the time.’ ‘We think there are enough staff of other disciplines such as psychology, occupational
therapy and social workers.’ ‘ We think the regular staff working on the unit are really good.

Finally for Access, Admission and Discharge the unit achieved a level 3 and received the following
comments: ‘Staff feel suitably prepared and informed throughout the admission process and throughout young
people’s care. Staff reported that the unit is able to meet the needs of young people with different ethnic, cultural
and religious backgrounds.’ The young people said: ‘We are invited to attend and contribute in CPA meetings.’
‘We have been invited to meetings to discuss the terms of our discharge’. Parents said: ‘We found the staff were
really informative and involved us during the assessment process.’ ‘We were also involved in discussions about
our child’s discharge plans.’

Huge congratulations to our Wedgwood team for your amazing hard work and recognition!