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NHS trust ‘requiring improvement’

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) into the practices of Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (FBPFT) it has been rated as ‘requiring improvement’.  The trust, that provides mental health and disability services in boroughs in the North West, has been found to be lacking in their risk assessment procedures in some areas.

The services provided by the trust cover the towns of Knowsley, Warrington, Wigan, Halton and St Helens.  The Care Quality Commission’s deputy chief inspector of hospitals, Dr Paul Lelliott, stated that some of the concerns highlighted by the inspection surrounded the administering and management of medications to patients across some of the care centres were “attributable to the lack of basic training”. He continued: “In other areas inspectors found that risk assessments were inadequate”.

Review of suicide rates in Wigan

Within the five boroughs, Health chiefs have also raised concern about the results of a recent review into suicide rates in the borough of Wigan. It was reported that the borough’s suicide rates of 11.3 deaths per 100 thousand population is far greater than the national average of 8.8. The report found that men were almost 3 times more likely to take their own lives than women, however there was a record number of women committing suicide in 2013.

Mental health leaders have launched an awareness campaign in the borough to assure locals with mental health difficulties that they will always have somewhere to turn for help.

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