Somerset’s NHS Foundation Trust improves in 18 months but is striving to be outstanding
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 June 2017
The Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has improved significantly after it was told changes must be made following a damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection 18 months ago.
The trust provides mental health and community services in Somerset, including those at Burnham War Memorial Hospital, in Love Lane.
Back in September 2015, the health watchdog rated the service as requiring improvement.
Since then, the trust has undergone an 18-month-long programme of improvement across all of its services.
The trust is now rated as good and all services were rated as good or outstanding for the level of care which it provides.
Somerset Partnership chief executive, Dr Nick Broughton, said: “I am delighted with the CQC report and the significant improvement it acknowledges.
“This is great news for our patients who rely on the quality of our services, and for our staff who have worked so hard in making the improvements.
“This report and our new rating are testament to their focus and commitment to providing high quality patient care.
“Of course, I know there are more areas we need to improve. I am pleased the CQC is confident that our leadership team will be able to implement the further improvements required but also sustain those changes already made.”
He has also indicated that work is already underway to achieve an outstanding rating.
He added: “While I am proud of our achievement, I want our trust to keep aiming higher. I want our good rating to be a stepping stone to having our trust and our services rated as outstanding.
“The best organisations are continuously striving to improve and I know that this is what our trust is also doing.”
The CQC commented that it approached more than 200 patients and carers during the inspection.
It said: “Patients were overwhelmingly very positive about the staff that looked after them.”
The trust’s leadership in particular was praised and it now has the best possible rating, as opposed to the lowest, with the service rated outstanding for how it is led.
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