• High security mental health hospital, Rampton Hospital, has been given an “inadequate” rating in its draft CQC report
  • Hospital is one of three high security hospitals in England

One of three high security mental health hospitals in England has received an “inadequate” rating in a draft report from the Care Quality Commission, HSJ can reveal.

Rampton Hospital, which is run by Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, has been given a draft rating of “inadequate” following a CQC inspection earlier this year, multiple senior sources have confirmed.

HSJ understands the trust is challenging a number of claims within the draft report, as part of the factual accuracy checking process. This means its rating may change.

Rampton was rated “requires improvement” in 2017 and again in March 2018. Staffing levels were cited as a key concern.

In May this year, Nottinghamshire Healthcare FT’s overall rating was downgraded from “good” to “requires improvement”. The trust’s psychiatric intensive care unit was also rated “inadequate”.

A Nottinghamshire Healthcare FT spokeswoman said: “[We have] received a draft report from the Care Quality Commission following its inspection at Rampton Hospital in July this year.

“The report is being checked for factual accuracy at the moment and will be finalised by the CQC prior to publication. We are unable to comment on the contents of the report until it is finalised.”

The CQC also said it could not comment as the report is going through its factual accuracy process and a final report is likely to be published in mid-September.

England’s two other high security mental health hospitals, Broadmoor and Ashworth, are currently rated “good” by the CQC.

In August, HSJ revealed at least four NHS trusts have successfully challenged their overall CQC ratings given in a draft inspection report since 2014. According to the data, there have been 27 instances where individual domain or service line ratings had been successfully challenged.