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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 March 2011
Date of Publication: 19 August 2011
Inspection Report published 19 August 2011 PDF | 121.79 KB

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Before people are given any examination, care, treatment or support, they should be asked if they agree to it (outcome 2)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Where they are able, give valid consent to the examination, care, treatment and support they receive.
  • Understand and know how to change any decisions about examination, care, treatment and support that has been previously agreed.
  • Can be confident that their human rights are respected and taken into account.

How this check was done

We reviewed all the information we hold about this provider, carried out a visit on 08/03/2011, checked the provider's records, observed how people were being cared for, reviewed information from people who use the service, talked to staff and talked to people who use services.

Our judgement

Patients give valid consent to the treatment and care they receive.

User experience

Patients told us that they had the opportunity to spend time at the unit before they were admitted to participate in the programme of treatment. They said that they continued with their agreed plan of care after discharge through the community programme and ongoing care planning process. They told us that they had signed a consent form when they were assessed as being able to manage and administer their own medication.

Other evidence

The trust has a range of policies and procedures to support staff in gaining patient consent. Staff told us that each patient is assessed on admission and they are risk assessed as part of the care planning process. Patients who lack capacity are not admitted to the programme and if they become unwell during their admission and require acute mental health care they return to the referring hospital for treatment.

Staff were aware of the need for consent and the processes and policies to follow.