Nightingale Hospital is the first and currently only acute mental health hospital to have been formally accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) for its counselling and psychotherapy services.
Evidence shows that therapy can offer better long-term prospects for depression and anxiety patients than straight medication (not to mention the economic benefits of patients returning to work faster), it is for the private sector – and hospitals such as Nightingale Hospital London – to set a best in practice example.
The BACP is the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, with its accredited members all required to meet the highest standards. Nightingale Hospital’s accreditation follows an extensive period of self-assessment carried out over 12 months which comprehensively evaluated the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its operational policies, procedures, administration and management, staffing structures, governance and training, publicity material, patient involvement, feedback and evaluation, health and safety, equal opportunities and clinical outcomes.
In each of these categories, Nightingale Hospital was judged to have more than met the required criteria and it is now formally recognised as a centre of excellence in counselling and psychotherapy, setting a new benchmark for services offered by private acute mental health hospitals.
Commenting on the accreditation, JJ O’Connor, Clinical Services Director at Nightingale Hospital said: “Nightingale Hospital is proud to offer a high-quality service within a dynamic and multi-skilled environment. We are committed to offering our patients the highest standards in counselling and psychotherapy alongside other services offered at the hospital and this external validation clearly reinforces this.”
Lorraine Gardner, Lead Therapist at Nightingale Hospital commented: “Our accreditation is important not only for our therapists to know that they are part of a highly-skilled, and experienced team, but also for our patients who can be reassured that the care they receive is guaranteed to be of the highest quality.”