We have created a series of webinars during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Freedom Nwokedi - Supporting Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Staff During Covid-19

This live webinar session was hosted by Freedom Nwokedi. There is growing evidence  to suggest that Covid-19 is posing a higher risk to people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, including health and social care professionals, patients and carers.

Freedom is a Nurse Consultant for NAViGO Health and Social Care, as well as a member of the QNOAMHS advisory group. Freedom will be presenting the measures in place on her ward to support the physical and emotional well-being of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic staff.

Vishelle Kamath - Covid-19 and Inpatient Mental Healthcare: Our approach to keeping out patients and staff safe

This live webinar session was hosted by Vishelle Kamath. Vishelle is a Consultant Psychiatrist at St. Andrew's Healthcare, as well as a member of the QNOAMHS advisory group. Vishelle has been developing guidance for St Andrew's services on infection control, and how to manage the spread of Covid-19. 

Please join us as Vishelle gives her experience of this, and the steps taken to reduce the impact of Covid-19 in order to keep patients and staff safe.

You can access recordings of all our webinars on the dedicated webinars page.

Our standards support services to improve the quality of care for people using services and demonstrate that they meet national requirements.

We know services are under increased pressure to demonstrate that they comply with national policies and guidelines and our standards incorporate national requirements and recommendations.

Meeting national requirements

The standards are in line with:

  • Department of Health Policy Implementation Guides,
  • NICE guidance recommendations by NHS Estates and the Royal College of Psychiatrists about ward design,
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists' Guidelines,
  • Recommendations arising from the National Audit of Schizophrenia

The 5th edition was published in 2019.

Reflecting the views of those in the field

We know that those who have the best understanding of the issues and challenges facing older adult mental health services, are those who have experience of working or being cared for in this these services.

We involve our members in the revision of standards and have representation from front-line staff, patients and carers in their development.

Our national reports summarise findings from review visits conducted.

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