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Help needed to inspect Dartford mental health units

PUBLISHED: 15:31 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 February 2013

Helpers are needed to inspect the standards of care in Dartford's mental health units.

Volunteers with experience of inpatient care, either as family members of patients or who have been patients themselves, are required by Kent and Medway NHS Trust to assess them during visits.

They will focus on four main areas - cleanliness, condition and maintenance of facilities, privacy and dignity, and ensuring patients are fed and hydrated against set criteria.

Dates for the visits are announced to volunteers approximately four weeks in advance, with the units getting 48 hours’ notice.

Results are made public and are used to measure the Trust’s performance by the Care Quality Commission.

The roles are voluntary, travel expenses are paid and assessments may last up to a day for larger units. Training will be given.

If you have experience of inpatient units, call 01634 739752 or email quality&performance@kmpt.nhs.uk.

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