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CQC tells Leeds rehabilitation unit it must improve services

16 November 2017
Spring Wood Lodge
  • Media,
  • Hospitals,
  • Mental health hospital services,
  • Treatment and rehabilitation (substance misuse)

The Care Quality Commission has told Spring Wood Lodge in Leeds, that it must improve the quality of its services following an inspection in June.

Spring Wood Lodge is a community inpatient locked rehabilitation service and is able to provide care to a maximum of 22 female patients. There are two wards, Bronte and Byron. At the time of inspection the service nine patients were being cared for on Bronte ward, and Byron ward was closed for refurbishment.

The report can be found on our website.

Findings from the inspection included:

  • Inspectors found safety was not a sufficient priority, and there was limited measurement and monitoring of safety.
  • The management of risks in the environment was poor and there were several concerns about the management of medication.
  • Patients were at risk of not receiving effective care and treatment.
  • Staff did not always adhere to the Mental Health Act code of practice.

CQC has rated Spring Wood Lodge as Inadequate and placed it into special measures

Services placed in special measures will be inspected again within six months. If insufficient improvements have been made such that there remains a rating of inadequate overall or for any key question or core service, CQC will take action in line with their enforcement procedures.


For further information please contact CQC Regional Engagement Officer Kerri James by email or by phone on 07464 92 9966. 

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Last updated:
16 November 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.

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.