Local children and young people’s mental health inpatient unit wins national award

30 May 2019

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CWP) £14m mental health unit for children and young people has won a prestigious national award for inpatient care at this year’s National Children and Young People’s Mental Health Awards.

Ancora House, which opened in Chester in 2016, provides inpatient and day patient care (also known as Tier 4 services) for children and young people with severe and/or complex mental health conditions.

It was praised for including young people and their families/carers in all stages of development, from initial design through to continued improvement of services, and for their work with the Land Trust in facilitating activities for young people on the site’s corresponding country park.

The service was announced as winners at an awards ceremony on Saturday 11 May.

Clair Jousting Moulder, Participation Lead at Ancora House, who nominated Ancora for the award, said: “I am proud to nominate Ancora House for the inpatient care award as the team works very hard to support young people on their recovery journey, sometimes through very challenging times. We also work collaboratively with young people, parents and carers to help improve their experience of hospital care.”

Sheena Cumiskey, Chief Executive at CWP, added: “I am exceptionally proud to hear that Ancora House has received this award. The unit is a great example of co-production that continues to go from strength to strength. The team involve young people, their parents and carers as much as possible to improve the recovery journey.”

The unit’s short-stay school, which provides education and support to young people who are admitted to Ancora House, has been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

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