PERFORMANCE: Southend University FT has responded to concerns over safety at the trust raised by the Care Quality Commission.

The trust submitted an “action plan” setting out how it would address the concerns, which were primarily around mental health provision for patients in A&E.

It said the trust had had discussions with the nearby mental health trust, South Essex Partnership Trust, to deal with the “lack of joined-up working or contract” identified by the regulator.

A review of levels of mental training had also been prompted by the CQC’s report and was ongoing. The trust aimed to ensure that in future A&E was not dependent on a single “specialist nurse” for patients with mental health.

In the long run the trust said it would “develop a care pathway for patients with mental health issues”.