Morris Ward, NELFT’s low-secure forensic unit, has ranked first in the UK and Ireland according to a national report by the Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services (QNFMHS). It's national standards comprise 152 standards across four key domains: Patient Safety, Patient Experience, Clinical Effectiveness, and Governance. The network’s purpose is to engage secure services in a process of quality improvement through its annual review cycle.
Compared to other low-secure services across the UK and Ireland, which on average ‘fully met’ 80% of the network’s standards, Morris Ward fully met 97% of the standards in 2019 which is the highest level of compliance reported. This achievement also represents a 3% improvement over its own performance in the previous cycle. Morris Ward was also mentioned in the QNFMHS’ national report for its good practice in relation to having co-produced a new psychosis information booklet for families and carers, and for the wide range of facilities available on Morris Ward including communal cooking sessions, self-catering options and pet therapy.
NELFT’s Interim Chief Executive, Professor Oliver Shanley, congratulated the Morris Ward team saying “I know that the process behind the Forensic Quality Network is detailed and rigorous, therefore to attain such an outcome is superb. I hope the team feel proud of what you have achieved. It takes commitment, leadership and a willingness to innovate. You have obviously done all of that and more, thank you so much”.
Morris Ward has been a member of the Forensic Quality Network since 2014. In 2019, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated it overall ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ ratings on both the ‘Responsive’ and ‘Caring’ domains.