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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 13 November 2012
Date of Publication: 4 December 2012
Inspection Report published 4 December 2012 PDF

Staff should be properly trained and supervised, and have the chance to develop and improve their skills (outcome 14)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by competent staff.

How this check was done

We reviewed all the information we have gathered about The Priory Hospital North London, looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 13 November 2012 and observed how people were being cared for. We talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

We were accompanied by a Mental Health Act commissioner who met with patients who are detained or receiving supervised community treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Our judgement

Young people were cared for by staff who were supported to deliver care and treatment safely and to an appropriate standard.

Reasons for our judgement

We carried out this unannounced inspection to check whether the provider had made improvements following an inspection of the service in May 2012. At the inspection in May 2012 we found that not all staff were receiving regular supervision or adequate support to care for the young people and the majority of nurses on the unit had not completed recent child protection training. Agency staff did not always receive an adequate induction to the ward before being assigned patients.

During this inspection of the hospital we found that a new induction checklist had been introduced to ensure that ‘agency’ staff underwent a short induction before commencing work. This covered important information they would need to know in order to care for the young people safely and meet their needs effectively. The manager told us that the use of agency staff had reduced considerably since our last visit. This was partly due to a reduction of numbers of young people on the unit but also reflected the recruitment of new staff.

We spoke with three adolescent unit staff during our visit. They all told us that they received regular individual supervision and attended group supervision sessions which were provided weekly on the ward, when possible. Staff told us they had undergone training in a number of topics pertinent to their role. The provider’s records confirmed that most staff were up-to-date with the required training. For example, 100% of staff on the unit had completed recent child protection and safeguarding training. As a result staff received appropriate professional development and support to enable them to provide appropriate care and treatment to patients.