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Claythorn and Blythswood Wards Aiming High for Their Patients

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The specialist learning disability teams at Claythorn House and Blythswood House on the Gartnavel Royal Hospital campus have been awarded Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services (AIMS) by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. 

The team are only the second service in Scotland to receive this honour and recognises the remarkable achievements they have made in their field. 

They were awarded accreditation for demonstrating commitment to quality improvement, high standards of care and including the views of patients and carers in care planning.  

The team were assessed by an external review group and showed how well they performed against the national quality standards which cover six domains: 

  1. admission and assessment
  2. care planning and treatment
  3. safety, discharge, capacity and consent
  4. patient and carer experience
  5. environment and facilities
  6. leadership, workforce and governance. 

Dr Elita Smiley, clinical director for Learning Disability Services, added: “Being part of the Quality Network for Inpatient Learning Disability Services has provided a robust framework and support system for our service to make very significant improvements in the care we provide. 

“I am immensely proud that our two units have worked with such enthusiasm and commitment to meet all the standards and feel it has been a process that has benefitted both our patients and staff.”   


For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

Pic:  Some of the staff who have worked hard for this remarkable achievement.

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Last Updated: 11 November 2021