ALL 51 beds at the Malsis Hall specialist care centre in Glusburn are now open.

The Care Quality Commission has granted registration for Shelton House, the final phase of the complex in the former Malsis School.

Shelton House, like the rest of the complex, was assessed to check it was likely to be safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Such assessments can include site visits, interviews with key managers and a detailed review of how the service will be run.

Shelton House offers four eight-bedded hospital suites, focusing on engagement and individual needs.

Malsis Hall, run by Enhanced Community Healthcare Options Group (ECHO), has six bedrooms and one apartment in its main building that provides a care home setting with nursing.

Frost House and Pullen Cottages provide 12 self-contained apartments, with or without nursing input, for more independent living to support a seamless transition into the community.

Malsis Hall was designed to be a local service for local people and will be accepting referrals from local authorities and NHS referrals within a 30-mile radius.

ECHO is trying to ensure staff are recruited from the local area, and aims to use local suppliers.

Lisa Gardner, Service Director at Malsis Hall, said her team would provide a holistic approach to care, assessing each person's care needs regularly, to ensure that personalised treatment goals were met, and the experience of community living was maximised.

She said people using Malsis Hall would be encouraged to develop and maintain social contacts in the area in order to aid their recovery.

Lisa added: “We have created a truly exceptional specialist service at Malsis Hall and delighted that the Care Quality Commission has now registered all our 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.”