Local NHS Trust is told that it ‘must improve’

Mrs Chesterfield failed to attend her appointments and covered it up in her paperwork, among other proven charges.
Mrs Chesterfield failed to attend her appointments and covered it up in her paperwork, among other proven charges.
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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, which provides mental health, learning disability and community health services in the county, “requires improvement” 
according to an inspector’s report.

“Whilst there had been some progress since the last inspection in 2015, the Trust was not yet safe, fully effective or responsive” said the report from The Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator.

In a statement, the Leicester Partnership NHS Trust admitted that the report was “disappointing”.

The report particularly flagged up specialist community mental health services for children and young people, which it said was “inadequate”.

Areas requiring improvement included:

* Community-based mental health services for adults of working age.

* Community-based mental health services for older people.

* Community health inpatient services.

* Community health services for adults.

Overall the report rated the Trust as ‘good’ in one category - caring - and ‘requires improvement’ in four categories - responsiveness, effectiveness, safety and leadership.

The Trust came under fire in Market Harborough when it closed down its mental health centre in Fernie Road last year without giving patients a clear indication of what would happen next, and saying some would have to travel out-of-town for care.

The new St Luke’s Treatment Centre, opening next month, will now provide mental health care locally.

The Trust statement said: “We are pleased that our ratings have improved to ‘good’ for many services.”

But it admitted: “While we have made good progress in the 18 months since our last inspection, we still have more to do.”