Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire Mental Health trust 'requires improvement'

The trust looking after mental health in Worcestershire "requires improvement", according to a watchdog.

An inspection by the Care Quality Commission had concerns about how it managed suicide risk and over the handling of some medicines.

The report praised the care provided by staff and the way Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust was led.

The trust said it had a plan in place to tackle "issues identified [in the report] which require improvement".

CQC inspectors carried out an inspection in January.

The trust looks after mental health and community care in Worcestershire.

A report said although there were "areas of good practice across most care areas" there were some patient safety issues that "need to be addressed".

It said it had concerns that sight restrictions on some wards made it difficult for staff to monitor patients.

The trust said it had already reviewed staffing on one of its adult mental health wards, provided some additional training, and improved storage for medication in "a couple of sites".

Overall, the inspection team found the trust had some issues that needed to be addressed but that the leadership and senior team were best placed to make the changes required.

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