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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 28 May 2012
Date of Publication: 2 July 2012
Inspection Report published 2 July 2012 PDF

Overview

Inspection carried out on 28 May 2012

During a routine inspection

During our visit to The Priory Hospital North London we visited the adolescent unit. We spoke to four of the 18 young people who were patients on the unit at the time. The young people said they did not feel safe or protected particularly from some of the other young people. Staff were described as �not in control� of the unit and they felt that concerns for their personal safety were not taken seriously by staff. The young people told us there were not enough activities provided for them, particularly at the weekends. Those that were scheduled often did not take place. One young person described the weekends as �awful�.

Three of the young people we spoke with told us there were usually not enough staff on duty to meet their needs. This meant that they were often unable to go outside for a walk. Those not receiving one-to-one care had little time with staff and their needs were not always met.

We found that agency staff did not always receive an adequate induction when they came to the ward. An agency nurse induction checklist had been prepared by managers but was not yet in use. A typical comment we received from one young person was, �agency staff don�t know about young people�. This meant there was a risk that agency staff were not appropriately supported to enable them to deliver care to the young people safely.

Evidence of the legal detention of one young person in the hospital could not be located on the day of our visit. This could have resulted in a failure to uphold the person�s rights under the Mental Health Act 1983.