A mental health foundation trust in Lincolnshire has been told to address “major concerns” relating to the safety of its premises for patients.
The Care Quality Commission said Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust was not meeting six essential standards, following inspections at nine of the organisation’s sites.
A CQC report, published today, said it had identified areas for improvement covering the safety and suitability of hospital premises, care and welfare of people, cleanliness and infection control, staffing, respecting and involving people and record-keeping.
A series of major concerns relating to the safety and suitability of the trust’s premises were highlighted as a concern.
In particular, “ligature points” were identified as areas of the environment which could pose a risk to the safety of patients who may wish to harm themselves.
CQC East Midlands regional director Andrea Gordon said: “My team has worked closely with the trust’s senior management team to look at how they can swiftly address our concerns.
“Our concerns around ligature points has been assessed and actions are being taken to remove risks. We will follow up on all concerns and make sure that improvements are swiftly addressed.”
The CQC added that inspectors found the trust was meeting standards covering the safeguarding of vulnerable people and the safe handling and management of medicines.
Ms Gordon said: “During our review we observed good practice and spoke with patients who reported positive experiences.”
Responding to the CQC findings, trust chief executive Chris Slavin said: “Even though patient safety was not breached by any of the shortcomings identified, relevant, targeted action has already been taken to ensure the trust is fully compliant.”
The regulator yesterday published a report on inspections at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust, in which it called for urgent improvements after finding it to be in breach of five essential standards