Enhanced Community Healthcare Options Group (ECHO) has received registration from the Care Quality Commission for the first 11 beds at its new Malsis Hall specialist care service.
New services are assessed to check they are likely to be safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. The assessments can include site visits, interviews with key managers and a detailed review of how the service will be run.
The Grade II listed building, near Keighley, West Yorkshire has been converted from Malsis School, which closed its doors in 2014, into a care centre designed to provide recovery and rehabilitation for people with mental health conditions.
Malsis Hall was designed to be a local service for local people and will be accepting referrals from local authorities and the NHS referrals within a 30-mile radius. It is searching in the area for staff to fill the 130 jobs created by the project and aims to use suppliers from within the vicinity of the service.
The team at Malsis Hall will provide a holistic approach to care, with the person’s care needs reassessed regularly, to ensure that personalised treatment goals are met, and the experience of community living is maximised.
People using Malsis Hall will be encouraged to develop and maintain social contacts in the area in order to aid their recovery, an initiative ECHO is confident the local community will welcome and support. Close links will be made with local community groups and facilities and this will be reciprocated as Malsis Hall are providing meeting spaces for local groups and football pitches for use by Sutton Juniors.
Lisa Gardner, service director at Malsis Hall, said: “We are incredibly proud of the service we have created at Malsis Hall and delighted that the Care Quality Commission has acknowledged our hard work and registered the first phase of beds.
“Malsis Hall and its services have been received very positively by local commissioners. We look forward to working closely with them to place individuals who will gain great benefit from our specialist support as they strive towards living as independently as possible.”