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CQC warns Cambian Healthcare Ltd that it is failing to protect the safety and welfare of people at The Aspens Hospital, Doncaster

6 January 2012
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6 January 2012

The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to Cambian Healthcare Ltd, registered provider of The Aspens Hospital that it must make urgent improvements to standards of care or face further action.

The warning follows an unannounced visit by inspectors to The Aspens Hospital, Manvers Road, Mexborough, Doncaster on 7 December 2011 to follow up a previous review of compliance.

The Aspens Hospital (Aspen House and Aspen Lodge) is a 42-bed hospital for women with mental health needs. The hospital treats patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act and informal patients.

CQC found that registered provider Cambian Healthcare Ltd was failing to comply with government regulations concerning the care and welfare of patients.

Upon checking patient files, inspectors found that risk assessment information was not being updated to reflect changes in patient needs or instances where new risks had become apparent.

One patient’s file indicated that she had self-harmed on six occasions, however, the risk assessment for this patient concluded only a “moderate” risk of self-harm. The six incidents recorded on file had not been taken into account when making this judgement.

In addition, inspectors found evidence that one patient who was not detained under the Mental Health Act had been restricted from the garden area during darkness and on one occasion was advised that a doctor would need to decide if she was able to leave the premises.

Jo Dent, Regional Director of CQC in the Yorkshire and Humberside region, said:

"The law says that these are the standards that everyone should be able to expect. Providers have a duty to ensure they are compliant

“This warning sends a clear and public message that The Aspens Hospital needs to address this issue as a matter of urgency.

“Our inspectors will return in the near future and if we find that the provider is not making the required progress we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers to protect the patients using this service."

"We need to ensure that patients are not at any immediate risk of harm, and we will continue to monitor the hospital closely. If there was evidence that people were at risk, we would take immediate action."


For further information please contact the CQC press office on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07917 232 143.

Notes to editors

CQC will publish further details of the inspectors’ findings in a review of compliance on its website at a later date.

CQC has issued a warning notice to Cambian Healthcare Ltd requiring action to meet:

  • Regulation 9 Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010, Care and welfare of service users

If improvements are not made, CQC has a range of enforcement powers which include restricting the services that a provider can offer, or, in the most serious cases, suspending or cancelling a service. CQC can also issue financial penalty notices and cautions or prosecute the provider for failing to meet essential standards. Any regulatory decision that CQC takes is open to challenge by a registered person through a variety of internal and external appeal processes.