report praises NHS Somerset Trust for improvements in service
Chief Inspector of Hospitals has this week welcomed 'significant
improvements' to services provided by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation
Trust following its latest inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
the trust, which provides mental health and community services in
Somerset including the Burnham-On-Sea area, has been rated 'Good'
as a result of an inspection in March 2017. At its previous comprehensive
inspection in September 2015, the trust had only been rated as 'Requires
said this week that there have been significant improvements across
services previously rated as 'Requires Improvement' are now rated
'Good', including acute wards for adults of working age and psychiatric
intensive care units, wards for older people with mental health
problems, community-based mental health services for adults of working
age, community health services for adults, minor injuries unit /urgent
care and sexual health. Community mental health services for people
with learning disabilities or autism moved from a rating of 'Inadequate'
Bennett -Wilson, CQCs Head of Hospital Inspection (Mental
Health), said: "In September 2015, our inspectors identified
the need for improvement in a number of key areas. When we returned
to re-inspect in March - we had initially intended to focus on those
areas to see if improvements had been made. However, CQC intelligence
and the evidence provided by the trust indicated there had been
some dramatic changes within the trust which meant there was an
opportunity to look more widely, across the trust."
was encouraging to find that Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation
Trust had taken to heart our original inspection report and worked
to ensure significant improvement has been made, leading to an improved
quality of care for people using these services."
inspection found that the trust was well led but the leadership
team acknowledged that there is still further work to be do. I am
confident that the leadership team will be able to implement the
further improvements required but also sustain those changes already
of 17 core services provided by the trust, 15 are now rated 'Good'
overall. The rating for community mental health services for people
with learning disabilities or autism changed from and overall rating
of 'Inadequate' to 'Good' but was rated 'outstanding' for the well-led
key question (are services safe, effective, caring, responsive and
well-led). Reflecting the marked improvements and the way the changes
had been implemented by the leaders of the service.
there were improvements in safety in some areas, inspectors found
there continued to be concerns in community health inpatient units,
acute wards for adults of working age, psychiatric intensive care
units and community health services for adults.