Trust raises safety concerns within mental health crisis ward, despite ‘good’ inspection

Full Story at Lincolnshire Live, 13 February 2018

The trust that cares for the county’s mental health patients has been labelled in need of  improvements to safety -despite being graded as good in four out of the five assessed areas. This included, caring services, leadership and effectiveness. Staffing levels were also a concern, there was a county-wide investigation into its operation after some patients were sharing bedrooms, and there was no disabled access to some wards of Bassetlaw Hospital.

The trust also received a rating of inadequate for the safety of community-based mental health services for adults. Some controlled drugs had not been recorded in the controlled drugs book, leaving the trust with a warning notice. Despite staff requesting pinpoint alarms and lone worker devices, not everyone had access to them. Even some interview rooms were not fit with an alarm.

Between October 9 and November 16 last year, a team of Care Quality Commission inspectors visited the trust’s acute admission wards, wards for people with a learning disability or autism, community-based mental health service of adults of working age, specialist community mental health service for children and young people, and community health services for adults. Now the trust says it is “delighted” at the report, and said it will be making safety a “priority” in the coming months.