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CQC publish a report on Bluebell Ward, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Published:
11 December 2017
Provider:
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Categories:
  • Media,
  • Hospitals,
  • Mental health hospital services

The Care Quality Commission has today published a report relating to Acute wards for adults of working age and psychiatric intensive care units based in the Bluebell Ward at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Previously CQC carried out a comprehensive inspection of the acute wards for adults of working age and the psychiatric intensive care unit on 13 December 2016. The acute wards for adults of working age and psychiatric intensive care units were rated as requires improvement for safe, good for effective, good for caring, good for responsive and good for well-led. Overall the service was rated as good.

Due to concerns raised about the service, CQC carried out an unannounced focused inspection on Bluebell ward in May 2017 at which point the CQC issued the trust with three requirement notices for acute wards for adults of working age and the psychiatric intensive care unit.

CQC undertook an unannounced, focused inspection in October 2017 in response to concerns raised about the safety surrounding the physical care and treatment of patients on Bluebell ward.

A full report has been published on our website.

Natasha Sloman, CQC Head of Hospital Inspection (mental health) for the South East, said:

“Since our last inspection we found the trust is working to meet the requirements we set out at our last focussed inspection, with some changes which were required now implemented and embedded to ensure they make a real difference to the lives of people using these services”

“There is, however, still some work to be done. We know that the trust has taken our concerns very seriously and we are working closely with them to ensure that people are provided with safe, compassionate and high quality care whilst these improvements are being made."

“We will return in due course to check on the trust’s progress to make sure the improvements we have seen are sustained.”

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Last updated:
11 December 2017

Notes to editors

Whenever CQC inspects it will always ask the following five questions of every service:
  • Are they safe?
  • Are they effective?
  • Are they caring?
  • Are they responsive to people’s needs?
  • Are they well-led?
Since 1 April, registered providers of health and social care services have been required to display their ratings on their premises and on their websites so that the public can see their rating quickly and easily.

Under CQC’s current programme of inspections, we aim to inspect every NHS trust at least once between June 2017 and spring 2019. We use information that we hold on each trust to inform our decision about when and what to inspect.

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.


We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.


We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.