Newbridge staff gathered for an evening of celebration to mark the tenth year of the service and the achievement of an outstanding rating for the second time.

Earlier this month, Newbridge House achieved a rare second outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, which inspects and regulates all health providers.

Only four per cent of mental services in England achieve an outstanding rating, meeting the rigorous standards demanded for the highest evaluation. Newbridge House was also rated outstanding in 2016.

This very notable achievement came as Newbridge approached its 10th anniversary. The service was established in September 2008 to provide a specialist unit wholly focused on children and adolescents with eating disorders.

Members of staff who have worked for Newbridge for the whole ten years were recognised and given long service awards. They are: Jane Ford, chef team leader, Teresa Hall, chef, Carrie Taylor, staff nurse, Jennie Kenny, occupational therapy assistant and Annette Docker, house keeper. There was also a mention of thanks to Jenny Hudson, communications specialist, who has also worked for Newbridge for ten years.

The celebration took place in New Hall Hotel, the location where Newbridge House’s nationally recognised Masterclass educational seminars take place.

Rachel Matthews, hospital manager, said: “I would like to thank every single member of staff: you have all played a very important part in making Newbridge what it is today and achieving an outstanding rating for the second consecutive time.

“Our strength lies in our people. From the moment visitors arrive in reception, our staff make them welcome and fill them with confidence about the care and treatment we provide. This continues through every stage in the journey, including all the work we do to support each young person’s discharge and transition home.

“The pride you take in our service, the commitment you have to every young person we work with, is evident in the outcomes we achieve for our patients and the national recognition we have for the quality of our service.”