South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), which provides mental health services in Croydon and three other south London boroughs as well as specialist services to people across the UK and internationally, has just been rated as “good” following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
I was particularly pleased to hear that inspectors rated the community learning disability services and the ward for people with autism as “outstanding”. The report highlights a number of other areas of good practice including the commitment of the Trust’s staff (something I saw firsthand when I spent a day last September visiting some of the Trust’s services), support for patients with their physical health, learning and development opportunities for staff and the use of best practice, guidance and research to improve care.
There were a number of areas that inspectors judged as requiring improvement: staff recruitment and retention particularly on the acute wards for working age adults, the documentation of risk for individual patients and the use of restrictive interventions such as restraint and seclusion.
You can read the full report here
As regular readers of this blog will know, I am very passionate about improving mental health services. It’s great to get independent confirmation of the quality of care our local NHS is providing and with the Prime Minister announcing much-needed additional investment in mental health services hopefully we will see a reduction in the time people have to wait to access them.