ONE of Calderdale Royal Hospital's wards has been given an accolade for good practice.
The Medicine and Elderly Ward at the Halifax hospital was given full accreditation as a Practice Development Unit (PDU) by the Centre for Practice Development at the University of Leeds.
Francesca Kenyon, ward manager, said: "This is a great achievement for the ward, as it means we are seen to be providing an excellent service."
The ward now joins the Neonatal Unit and the Rehabilitation Unit to make three fully accredited PDUs in the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.
The accolade was the result of work to develop services for older people within the NHS Trust.
Ward staff had 15 criteria to meet to get the award.
They included using and sharing best practice, clinical excellence, innovation, consulting patients, staff development and encouraging a spirit of inquiry.
When assessing the ward, examiners praised the enthusiasm and knowledge among the ward's 80 staff, as well as their creative approach.
They were also impressed by the ward leadership and the way each patient's needs were met.