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Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust rating upgraded to Good

12 January 2017
Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
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England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has upgraded the rating of Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust from Requires Improvement to Good following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in October 2016.

During this inspection, the team looked at six specific areas where the trust had been required to make improvements when their comprehensive inspection report was published in January 2016.

Inspectors found there had been improvements in five of the trust’s core services which we re-rated as Good, and only one, community-based mental health services for adults of working age were again rated as Requires Improvement.

The full report including ratings for all of the provider’s core services is available.

Dr Paul Lelliott, the Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals (and CQC lead for mental health), said:

“In January 2016, we found that the quality of some of the services provided by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust was variable and there were a number of areas where they must improve.

“The trust has clearly worked hard to implement these changes and improve consistency.

“We had told the trust that they must ensure that there are enough staff on duty to meet patient needs and we were pleased to see that they have achieved this through restructure.

“At the Ironstone centre, this extra capacity means that staff caseloads have been reduced, allowing risk assessments to be carried out and properly recorded.

“In the mental health services for children and young people, the recruitment of additional staff has translated into more thorough care for people using the service.

“However, we have again rated community-based mental health services for adults of working age as requires improvement because we were concerned about the quality of risk management and care plans and poor compliance with mandatory training.”

The findings included:

  • There were significant improvements in the safety and security of facilities at within the community learning disability service in Rotherham. All clinic rooms had alarms fitted and staff across all locations had personal attack alarms.
  • People who use the service were involved in the recruitment of new staff.
  • Staff at the Ironstone Centre had secured extra funding to continue to support the needs of the North Lincolnshire community.

CQC has told the trust it should make further improvements:

  • The trust should ensure a higher number of staff working in the substance misuse service complete their mandatory training to ensure the safety of people using the service.
  • Care records, including risk assessments and care plans on the electronic system were found to be incomplete or missing.


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Last updated:
29 May 2017

Notes to editors

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) provides a range of mental health and learning disability services across Rotherham Doncaster, North and North-East Lincolnshire, and Manchester. RDaSH also provides community health services in Doncaster, including school nurses, health visiting, adult community services and end of life care including at the hospice, and some in North Lincolnshire, including school nurses.

The areas CQC looked at as part of this inspection were:

  • Specialist community mental health services for children and young people
  • Community mental health services for people with learning difficulties or autism
  • Substance misuse services
  • Community-based mental health services for adults of working age
  • Rehabilitation/long stay wards for working age adults
  • Wards for older people with mental health problems

Whenever CQC inspects it will always ask the following five questions of every service: Is it safe? Is it effective? Is it caring? Is it responsive to people’s needs? Is it well-led? Find out more about CQC’s approach to inspection.

Registered providers of health and social care services are 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

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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.