PERFORMANCE: The CQC have made seven recommendations for improvement at Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust.

Mental Health Act commissioners visited the trust eight times between November 2009 and October 2010 as part of the CQC’s regular inspection regime.

In general MHA commissioners found good compliance with the requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 and Code of Practice and noted there had been improvements in the trust’s operation of Part IV of the Mental Health Act, Consent to Treatment.

However, it found there was still room for improvement including:

  • Ensuring there is a separate record of each incident of patient seclusion;
  • Increasing patients’ involvement in the production and review of their aftercare plans;
  • Reviewing and improving the environment of the section 136 suite which is used for seclusion and as reception rooms for patients arrested in the community under the provisions of section 136 of the Mental Health Act.