Independent Regulator compliments “outstanding” SicKids Sensory Space

During the recent inspection of North Manchester General Hospital the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England, recognised our Sensory Space in the children’s emergency department.

Their report, dated 1 March 2018, said:

Urgent and emergency care had a bespoke sensory room for use with children who had a range of sensory impairments, including children on the autistic spectrum and children with learning disabilities. The room had been co-produced with patients and families and provided outstanding facilities.

We are delighted that our first Sensory Space has been singled out as an area of outstanding practice, less than five months after it was opened by the Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Her Excellency the Cambodian Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the children and families who co-created our wonderful space.

Dianne Cook, Director of Nursing of SicKids, said:

“It is an absolute joy that our co-designed sensory space has been recognised by the CQC. This highlights the value of working together with children, young people and families, to provide innovative facilities which result in improved quality of care within emergency and urgent care departments”.

We’re delighted to confirm we’ll soon be opening more sensory spaces, both here in the UK and in Cambodia, which will provide amazing facilities for thousands more children and young people.


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