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Other CQC inspections of services

Community & mental health inspection reports for Maudsley Hospital can be found at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Inspection carried out on 29 October 2013

During a routine inspection

Patients told us they felt respected by the staff on the wards. There were opportunities for them to comment on service delivery and they were involved in decisions regarding their care and treatment. People were informed about why they were on the ward and whether they had been detained under a section of the Mental Health Act 1983 (2007 amendments). Those patients that were detained were aware of what that meant and were given information about their rights.

Patients were encouraged to access the community. However, on one ward there were difficulties accommodating section 17 leave for patients that required escorting.

Care and treatment was planned and delivered in line with people�s individual needs. There were health screening processes in place to identify any additional health needs people had. There was evidence of liaising with other health professionals to provide a joined up approach to care and treatment where patients required support for both mental and physical health needs.

Staff knew how to recognise signs of abuse and were aware of their reporting requirements. There were processes in place within the trust to review safeguarding concerns, and further work was being undertaken to improve this process.

The trust had identified there was a need to reduce the amount of violence and aggression on their inpatient wards. Staff were mindful of the need to review the risks of violent or aggressive behaviour on their wards daily and put additional measures in place to support people at risk of presenting with unwanted behaviour. A pilot initiative had been run on two wards regarding reduction of violence and aggression on wards and initial findings were positive.

The wards we visited did not provide a pleasant or safe environment for patients. There were ongoing maintenance requirements and concerns identified from previous environmental audits had not been addressed.

Staff were supported and there were processes in place to ensure they remained up to date with their required training. This ensured they had the skills and knowledge required to support their patients. There were supervision processes in place and there was access to their line manager if they needed any additional support or advice.

There were processes in place to assess the quality of service provision and to look at the effectiveness of service delivery. Complaints and incidents were appropriately reported and there were processes in place to review any trends or themes emerging.

Overall we found that staff were caring and responsive to people�s needs. The service was well led and findings from clinical outcome tools showed the service was effective at meeting people�s needs. The staff ensured that people remained safe but there were some environmental challenges to this.

Inspection carried out on 11 September 2013

During an inspection to make sure that the improvements required had been made

At our last inspection on 21 March 2013 we found that improvements were required regarding the cleanliness of the units, the support offered to staff and the accuracy of the records kept about the people who used the service.

At this inspection on 11 September 2013 we found that many improvements had been made.

We found the units to be visually clean and free from unpleasant odours. The service had processes in place to monitor the cleanliness of the units and reduce the risk and spread of infections.

The majority of staff had received their mandatory training. There were processes in place to provide regular supervision and annual appraisals. Staff felt supported and that their managers were approachable if they had any questions or comments about their role.

People had accurate and fit for purpose care records. We saw that care records were individualised and that care plans and risk assessments had been regularly reviewed to ensure they reflected the current needs of people using the service.

Inspection carried out on 21 March 2013

During a routine inspection

Staff were aware of consent procedures and asked people for verbal consent when delivering care and treatment. One person told us, �the staff do what I want and they understand what I want.�

Care and treatment was being delivered in line with people�s individual needs and there were processes in place to ensure that staff were kept up to date with any changes in people�s health. We observed staff explaining to people using the service what care was being delivered.

We saw evidence that actions had been taken in response to a recent infection control audit and there was continued liaison with the agency providing domestic staff to the wards. However, we saw that some areas of the wards were unclean on the day of our inspection.

Staff told us they felt well supported and they had access to senior members of staff if they needed any further advice or support. Staff told us they had received supervision, appraisals and attended training sessions. However, the records we reviewed showed that some of these processes were out-of-date.

There were effective monitoring systems in place and there was regular auditing of service delivery. All incidents were reported into a centralised system. However, we saw evidence that not all incidents fed into the care planning process.

Records were kept safely and securely. However, the care records we reviewed were out of date and did not always reflect the care and support needs of people using the service.

Inspection carried out on 13 December 2011

During a routine inspection

People told us that they enjoy the different activities provided, though some said that these do not always happen.

Most people said that they feel involved in their care and treatment and that the staff are respectful of their needs.

Some people identified areas in the environment that they were not happy with, such as the cleanliness of the toilets and bathing facilities.

People using the service told us that they felt safe and would know who to speak to if they had any concerns.

People told us that they feel there are sufficient staff on duty and that there is usually someone available if they need them.