Top rating for Sheffield dementia services after inspection

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DEMENTIA patients in Sheffield are being given ‘excellent care’, according to a national governing body.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement has awarded Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation trust with the top rating following a nine-month audit and inspection.

A report praised relationships between staff and patients at the trust, and praised free transport arrangements which are on offer to patients.

Dr Peter Bowie, clinical director for specialist services at Sheffield Health and Social care, said the trust was first accredited in 2010 but has only just achieved the ‘excellent’ standard.

“Achieving this status, which is the highest the body awards, is rare as the majority of providers gets accredited to standard level,” Dr Bowie said.

“The status reflects the hard work our staff have continued to give. It is also further reassurance that patients and carers accessing our memory services will receive an excellent level of care.”

The accreditation is valid for two years, after which the trust will be assessed again.