Teesside University worked with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust to develop Excellence in Practice Accreditation Scheme (EPAS) accreditation for mental health workers who help older people.
Over 800 workers have now completed EPAS with Level 5 accreditation at the University, achieving some of the highest scores ever attained. They are all members of local teams who look after the Trust’s mental health services for older people. The teams work across Easington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
The Mental Health Services for Older People division is unique – all the teams working within a locality were accredited as a whole unit against the EPAS standards. Previously other organisations have been accredited as smaller or single teams.
EPAS measures standard of practice and helps practitioners to demonstrate how they are providing good practice and quality service. Each locality has separate teams responsible for in-patient care, community mental health, care home liaison, acute care liaison and young onset dementia.
'We aim to provide excellent, local mental health services and to work with people who use those services to continuously improve them. The Trust recognises the EPAS scheme as an effective tool to evidence, develop and share good practice and provide further opportunities to hear people’s experiences of using our inpatient and community environments.'
'One of my professional highlights at Teesside has been my involvement in developing and launching EPAS at the University. EPAS facilitates excellence in practice across a comprehensive set of measurable core standards derived from a professional peer review of best practice.’