The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England, has today published its re-inspection report for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust following a week-long visit that started late February this year.
The Trust has achieved an overall rating of ‘Good” after an 18 month programme of improvement across all of its services. This includes improvements in the services originally of concern to the CQC: community services for adults with learning disabilities andthe Trust’s district nursing services which are now both rated as good.
The CQC’s report means that 15 of the Trust’s 17 core services are now rated as good. The CQC also rated all services as good or outstanding for caring and in one service, community services for adults with learning disabilities, their rating for the quality of leadership moved from the lowest rating to outstanding, the highest possible CQC rating.
Somerset Partnership Chief Executive, Dr Nick Broughton, welcomed the report and said:
“I am delighted with the CQC report and the significant improvement it acknowledges. This is great news for our patients who rely on the quality of our services, and for our staff who have worked so hard in making the improvements. This report and our new rating are testament to their focus and commitment to providing high quality patient care.
“Of course, I know there are more areas we need to improve. I am pleased the CQC is confident that our leadership team will be able to implement the further improvements required but also sustain those changes already made.
“While I am proud of our achievement, I want our Trust to keep aiming higher. I want our Good rating to be a stepping stone to having our Trust and our services rated as outstanding. The best organisations are continuously striving to improve and I know that this is what our Trust is also doing.”
The CQC inspectors also spoke with more than 200 patient and carers during the inspection and received 239 comment cards with feedback from people who used services. Patients were overwhelmingly very positive about the staff that looked after them.
The CQC report is available on the CQC's website.