Monday, 17 August 2015
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) is celebrating after the Merton Home Treatment Team (HTT) gained accreditation on the prestigious Home Treatment Accreditation Scheme (HTAS) run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists Centre for Quality Improvement.
The Merton Home Treatment Team provides 24-hour, seven-day a week treatment to patients in their own home. Home treatment can be an alternative to hospital admission for people in an acute crisis or it can support early discharge from hospital.
The HTAS scheme awards accreditation to teams that meet a high national rating standard for quality, while also aiming to help similar teams across the UK to share best practice, innovation in practice and to continue to improve quality.
The scheme helps teams to review their work and champion examples of good practice and innovation, and supports them to put this in practice.
The scheme also involves patients, their families and carers and people with first-hand experience of using home treatment teams at an early stage and in peer review of HTTs, encouraging them to get involved in all stages of the accreditation process so the services can better help those that need care.
Dr Adil Akram, Consultant Psychiatrist of the Trust's Merton Home Treatment Team said:
"This is fantastic news for Merton Home Treatment Team. The criteria to be selected for accreditation are tough, and the benefits will be huge for the team and our patients and carers.'
"I am really proud of our team for the hard work they have put into getting this national recognition for what we do"
Mark Clenaghan, Head of Operations at the Trust said:
"I am very proud of Merton Home Treatment Team. They have all worked really hard to get this accreditation, which is invaluable in continuing our high standard of care, and to share good practice from teams across the UK."
More details on the accreditation scheme can be found on the Royal College of Psychiatrists website: