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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 3 June 2013
Date of Publication: 29 June 2013
Inspection Report published 29 June 2013 PDF | 82.88 KB

Overview

Inspection carried out on 3 June 2013

During a routine inspection

The Peter Hodgkinson Centre provided acute admission services and had one male and one female ward. Patients who were admitted were either detained under the Mental Health Act, 1983 or in agreement with their admission on an informal basis.

The Francis Willis Unit provided low secure forensic services for patients who were all detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA), 1983. The services were provided to male patients only.

We used a number of different ways to help us understand what patients experienced. This was because some patients had complex needs which meant they were not able to tell us about their experiences. We looked at records, including patient’s care files. We spoke to a number of patients in both units, the managers and staff who were supporting them and we observed how support was provided.

Patients told us they were generally satisfied and involved with the care, treatment and support they received. They said there were plenty of activities to do but in one unit there was limited access to outside space. Managers within the centre informed us they had taken steps to address this.

We found there were some issues with staffing levels in one unit. However, unit managers informed us they had taken steps to address this.

We saw each unit was using the provider’s systems to regularly assess and monitor the quality of service that patients received. Patients told us they were encouraged to express their views and they felt they were listened to.