PERFORMANCE:  A mental health trust has been issued with formal warning notices by the Care Quality Commission after an inspection raised concerns about patient safety.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust was not taking steps to manage the care of an individual at risk of self-harm, had a number of potential ligature points where patients could have hung themselves, and had care plans of variable quality, the CQC said. 

Fencing around the site at Elizabeth House, Fulbourn, near Cambridge, was not high enough to stop patients absconding and could allow illegal drugs to be passed through. Yet in other areas patients who were not compulsorily detained, were locked in and the trust’s actions ‘might constitute illegal detention.’

Trust chief executive Attila Vegh - who took up his post just two weeks before the inspectors’ visit - said: “I have made it my top priority to bring the trust up to the standards expected, not only by patients, but also by all our staff.

“I have started a major review into the specified areas of concern that were highlighted by the CQC. A dedicated project management team is in place tasked with reviewing activities and developing a clear and realistic plan of action.”

The trust’s inspection, which found two areas of major concern, was part of a review of compliance following concerns raised in an inspection earlier last year.