Sheffield NHS social care trust receives 'Good' rating from Government health watchdog

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust has been rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission
Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust has been rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission
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A city NHS trust which provides social care to Sheffield residents has been rated 'Good' by a Government health watchdog.

The Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust which, specialises in elderly care, mental health issues and drug and alcohol dependency, has improved its' rating since it was last inspected by the Care Quality Commission.

The Trust's management, care, effectiveness and responsiveness was rated 'Good' but inspectors said safety needed to improve in some areas.

SHSCT was told it needed to make urgent improvements following a comprehensive inspection back in 2014 but the latest report shows the Trust now has an overall 'Good' rating.

Inspectors highlighted 'outstanding' care for community-based mental health services for older people and praised the staff's responsiveness helping people with substance misuse.

But he CQC said the trust 'must ensure' it complies with guidance on same sex accommodation in all of its inpatient services and 'all areas used for patient care in the rehabilitation service are clean'.

The Trust was also criticised staff for failing to always ensure there were no potential ligature risks available for patients in the psychiatry unit.

Inspectors found that some wards 'did not have a dedicated qualified nurse' on the wards at all times and data showed there had been 15 incidents of 'low staffing' reported between February and October 2016.

Deputy chief inspector of hospitals and lead for mental health, Dr Paul Lelliott said: “It is clear that the trust has acted on the findings of our initial inspection and this is reflected in the improved quality of care we found this time round.

“We came across many examples where patient experience have improved, and services are much more responsive to the needs of people using them.

“We were impressed with the improvements we saw, and the staff at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust should be pleased with their enhanced rating."

Trust chief executive Kevan Taylor said: "I am very proud of the way that our staff, service users and carers have worked together to bring about this improvement and I am delighted that we are now rated as 'Good' overall.

"I am also delighted that the inspectors found that our staff treat service users and carers with compassion and respect. These are two of our core values which help to drive our continued efforts to provide high quality care to our service users, their carers and families and the communities we serve.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff, service users and partners for their support and commitment. We will continue to work closely with them to bring about further improvements.”