West Midlands Mental Health Trust ‘requires improvement’

Office Files Bindersource: BBC News
published: 1 August 2017

A mental health trust that provides services for 1.2m people in the West Midlands has been told by a health watchdog it “requires improvement.” Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust runs services from over 50 sites.

Inspectors criticised the safety of medicines management and said there was a high use of prone – or face-down – restraint. Bosses at the trust said improvements were being made.

The inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the trust as “requires improvement” overall. It was previously rated as “good”, in 2014.

Inspectors said;

  • The oversight and safety of medicines management was compromised as the trust did not have a medicines safety officer in post
  • There was a high use of prone restraint in the trust – out of 1,229 restraints between December 2015 and November 2016, 580 were carried out in the prone position
  • The trust’s policy concerning rapid tranquilisation was out of date and did not reflect updated guidance

However, inspectors highlighted several areas of good practice and said staff were caring, compassionate and kind and treated patents with dignity and respect.

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