Watchdog cracks down on mental health trust

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 December 2018

The CQC has told the AWP to make overall improvements to its services.	Picture: Getty Images

The CQC has told the AWP to make overall improvements to its services. Picture: Getty Images

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Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), which looks after units in hospitals across the South West, has been told to make further improvements by a watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has noted its ‘disappointment’ with AWP’s ‘slow progress’ in making overall improvements to the quality of its mental health services.

The watchdog, which regulates AWP and other health trusts, said in its inspection the mental health wards for children and young people and those for adults in acute wards needed to be improved.

The CQC’s chief inspector, 
Dr Paul Lelliott, said: “The 
trust has not made the improvements we required them to make – particularly towards the safety of its ward’s environments.”

The CQC noted AWP’s mental health crisis services and its health-based places of safety are now rated as ‘good’ from ‘requires improvement’.

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