Praise for men­tal health cri­sis unit

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Da­mon.wilkin­ @Da­monWilkin­son6

AMENTAL health cri­sis unit for vul­ner­a­ble adults has been praised by in­spec­tors.

The Greave Project was vis­ited by the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion, which high­lighted its ex­cel­lent lead­er­ship and good qual­ity of care.

In­spec­tors hailed the sup­port­ive and ap­proach­able man­age­ment team, a clean and well-main­tained fa­cil­ity and a safe en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple.

The re­port con­cluded that the ser­vice was ef­fec­tive and re­spon­sive, with an open cul­ture en­abling staff and ser­vice users to thrive.

It also praised staff for en­sur­ing a clear, quick and thor­ough re­fer­ral process.

The ser­vice also pro­vides up to three overnight place­ments for adults who might re­quire ded­i­cated support in or­der to man­age their cri­sis.

This works as an alternative to hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sion and helps to free up much needed hos­pi­tal beds.

Coun Iftikhar Ahmed, the cabinet mem­ber for adult care, said: “I have noth­ing but praise for The Greave Project’s high qual­ity res­i­den­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“This is an ex­cel­lent project that has been rightly hailed by in­spec­tors for the high qual­ity of ser­vice it pro­vides.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late every­one in­volved on this suc­cess story.”

Rekha Pa­tel-Har­ri­son, head of Petrus Com­mu­nity, which jointly runs the project, said: “We are pleased to be in­volved in such an ex­cel­lent ser­vice that helps peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems in the bor­ough.

“Our proac­tive and car­ing ap­proach is sup­port­ing peo­ple to re­build their lives with­out un­nec­es­sary hos­pi­tal vis­its and in­volve­ment with statu­tory ser­vices.

“The good in­spec­tion rat­ing has been achieved through the hard work from a ded­i­cated team of staff who de­serve a lot of credit and thanks.”

●●At the Greave Project are, from left, Tony Con­nolly; Karen Kil­burn admin of­fi­cer, com­mu­nity restart team; Jac­que­line An­gulin, com­mu­nity restart ser­vice co­or­di­na­tor RBC; Eileen O’Neill, as­sis­tant project lead Che­viot House; Phil Foster, deputy head of Petrus; Rebecca Moss, head of ser­vice, men­tal health at Rochdale coun­cil; Coun Iftikhar Ahmed, cabinet mem­ber for adult care; Rekha Pa­tel-Har­ri­son, head of Petrus; Coun Billy Sheerin, as­sis­tant cabinet mem­ber for adult care.

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