By Louis Chapman-Coombe
A £20 million Armley-based mental health unit has been recognised nationally for its services.
The Children and Young Peoples’ Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) inpatient unit for West Yorkshire based at Red Kite View was highly commended in the Mental Health Innovation of the Year category at the Health Service Journal Awards on 17 November.
Red Kite View, which opened in the ground of St Mary’s Hospital in January 2022, is a 22-bed hospital for children and young people across West Yorkshire.
The centre hosts two wards with one being a general admissions ward and the other a psychiatric intensive care ward. The psychiatric intensive care ward is the first of its kind in West Yorkshire.
It also holds educational facilities with qualified teachers for the patients, as well as full catering which provides those in the hospital with fresh, hot food.
Nick Lee, the operational manager at Red Kite View, said: “I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved together. This award is for everyone involved – from concept to creation. From the staff who deliver amazing care day in day out to the project team who built it – we’ve created something fantastic and I’m delighted we’ve been nationally recognised.
“Before Red Kite View opened we knew the needs of young people with significant mental health problems across West Yorkshire were not fully being met, and many were receiving inpatient care too far from home.”