Selden Centre gets seal of approval from Royal College of Psychiatrists

Congratulations to the Selden Centre, our specialist inpatient unit for people with learning disabilities, who have achieved an accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The accreditation has been awarded after the service achieved 99% of the overall standards set out in the college’s Quality Network for Inpatient Learning Disability Services, which supports wards to evaluate and improve their management processes and standards of care. 

It was a three year process for the service, which included a peer review each year from another learning disability inpatient service and engagement from staff and service users in a comprehensive review process set against an agreed set of standards, based on best practice guidelines, expert opinion and research.

Murray Kidgell, Ward Manager at the Selden Centre, said “The Selden Centre team is extremely proud to achieve accreditation with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We are now one of just 31 accredited units in the country. It has been a three year learning process which has involved us reviewing other learning disability in-patient services as well as being reviewed by teams from across the country including Glasgow, Exeter and Southampton.  

“Learning from other services is one of the most important things we can do in the NHS and the Selden Centre has benefitted greatly from this approach.”

The network provides accreditation for services which are deemed to have met the majority of the standards and demonstrates the commitment to quality improvement, high standards of care and inclusion of service user and carer perspectives. It is recognised by a number of professional and regulatory bodies as a sign of quality and provides an informal evidence base for CQC inspections.