In the CQC Annual Healthcheck for 2008/9 (published October 2009), the Trust received a score of ‘Good’ for quality of financial management and ‘Weak’ for quality of services.
The Quality of Services rating is made up of achievement of Core Standards (which are nationally set standards of care) and achievement of National Performance Targets. We did not achieve against all the Core Standards, this was disappointing but not unexpected given the findings of the CQC Investigation Report.
The weak score received in 2008/9 is being addressed through the CQC action plan as well as work to ensure compliance with the CQC essential standards of quality and safety.
We were registered with the CQC from 1st April 2010 with three conditions. One of these has been removed, and evidence of compliance for the others were submitted to the CQC in October 2010.
- The Trust must ensure that appropriate systems are put in place to assess and monitor the quality of service provision by 30th September 2010. Evidence of compliance has been submitted to the CQC and we are currently awaiting reply.
- The Trust must ensure it employs sufficient numbers of staff with the appropriate skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications to meet the needs of patients at St Bernards Hospital and provided evidence of this to the CQC by 1 September 2010. Evidence of compliance has been submitted to the CQC and we are currently awaiting reply.
- The trust must ensure that detention papers are renewed as required by the Mental Health Act in respect of detained patients and all aspects of care is documented in the agreed service user care plan by 31 May 2010. This condition was lifted in August 2010.