An NHS Trust has improved its mental health services, independent inspectors have found.
In a new report, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says progress at Humber NHS Foundation Trust is positive and that it has withdrawn all of its warning notices – meaning the Trust is no longer breaching requirements.
Trust Chief Executive Michele Moran said she was “pleased” with the regulator’s verdict on Humber’s forensic inpatient/secure wards, acute wards for adults of working age, and psychiatric intensive care units.
“For the CQC to have recognised the improvements we’ve made by withdrawing all of its warning notices is good news and demonstrates staff’s hard work,” she said.
“Patients and carers can feel more assured we are doing everything we can to meet the high standards they expect from Humber NHS Foundation Trust and the NHS.
“Staff can have more trust that they are working for an organisation which is striving to achieve the results their efforts deserve.
“And our partners can have more confidence that if we continue on the journey we are on, we will overcome the challenges that remain.”
The CQC issued the warning notices following an inspection last April in which it found some Trust services to be inadequate or requiring improvement.
The regulator checked progress during an unannounced inspection in December and have outlined their verdict in their latest report.
They say good practice on the Trust’s forensic inpatient/secure wards includes: adequate stocks of in-date emergency medicine; monitoring of the physical health of patients who receive rapid tranquilisation; completed seclusion records and exit plans for patients held in seclusion; up-to-date policies on rapid tranquilisation and seclusion; and observance of new policies guaranteeing patients’ rights.
However, Humber must ensure staff conduct timely seclusion reviews, train all staff in intermediate life support, and assess the risk posed by two wards
sharing emergency equipment, the CQC adds.
On acute wards for adults of working age and psychiatric intensive care units, the inspectors find good practice includes: full stocks of in-date, emergency medicines and staff awareness of their location; an updated resuscitation policy in line with national guidance; and an improvement in seclusion care plans.
However, the Trust needs to ensure staff monitor the physical health of patients who receive rapid tranquilisation; train all newly qualified staff in intermediate life support; improve seclusion exit plans; and conduct timely reviews of patients held in seclusion.
Ms Moran, who was appointed to the substantive role of Chief Executive last week after joining the Trust on an interim basis in September, said: “We are not complacent and realise the Trust still has work to do if it is to meet the regulator’s and patients’ remaining requirements.
“We will continue to do our utmost to provide the CQC and patients with the assurance they deserve.”
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