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CQC Report Brands Humber NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Services ‘Unsafe’

Medical Negligence Lawyers Call For Swift Improvement In Humberside Mental Health Services


Expert medical negligence lawyers at law firm Irwin Mitchell have called for a swift improvement in mental health services on Humberside after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Humber NHS Foundation Trust's mental health service inadequate.


The regulatory body reported that the mental health services provided by the Trust are “unsafe” and “requires improvement”.


Concerns were raised over the training provided to staff handling patients with mental health issues and also the number of staff available to deal with patients.


Dr Paul Lelliott, the deputy chief inspector of hospitals, said that the Trust had a number of issues to address and pointed out that the investigation, which took place in April 2016, highlighted the Trust has not learnt lessons from the findings of the previous CQC inspection in 2014.

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Sarah Coles, a Partner and expert medical negligence expert at Irwin Mitchell, said:

Expert Opinion
Mental health services are absolutely vital in providing the help and support those suffering with mental health issues require. It is absolutely imperative these individuals, who can be extremely vulnerable, are able to access the care and treatment they require and that they are dealt with by staff that are trained to deal with these issues.

“Clearly, it is a very real concern that the mental health services run by the Humber NHS Foundation Trust have been rated as inadequate by the CQC. Even more concerning is that the Trust appears not to have made improvements since its previous inspection in 2014, which highlighted a number of similar concerns around mental health provision.

“It is critical the findings of the CQC’s latest inspection are analysed by the Trust and steps are taken to make improvements and to reassure those in the region that mental health services will be improved quickly.

“Both personally and at Irwin Mitchell I’ve witnessed first-hand the consequences poor mental health services can have on those who rely on them for help and support and this year we are supporting a local mental health charity, Leeds Mind, to raise funds that will be used to provide assistance for those who need it.
Sarah Coles, Partner

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