Today the Care Quality Commission has published focused inspection reports for our organisation.

These are reports of what inspectors found when they did unannounced inspections of our services in August 2020.

The key reason for the CQC’s return, following our inspection between January and February 2020, was to test out if we had met the requirements of the warning notice that we were issued with in Spring this year. Ours and their biggest concern was in relation to safety.

They found enough evidence to be able to lift our warning notice, which is great news. It means they saw significant improvements and feel we are on track. They can see a general direction of improvement but they said we still have lots to do.

You can read the reports in full by clicking here

Summary of the reports

Importantly when they visited us in August the inspectors found:

  • We have enough nursing staff in our acute mental health wards for working age adults and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.
  • The governance of mandatory training has improved because ward and senior managers are monitoring mandatory training at ward level and alert staff when they need to update their training.
  • Staff now review the effects of each patient’s medication on their physical health in accordance with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance.
  • We now assess, monitor and reduce risks relating to the health, safety and welfare of service users who receive care from us.

Speaking about the inspection reports, Jan Ditheridge, Chief Executive at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are really pleased that the CQC came to inspect us and could see the improvements we’ve made. We know there’s more work to do but I’m confident that we can see this through and make Sheffield proud of the care we give.”

Our Back to Good journey

Ever since the CQC shared their concerns about some of our services with us we have been working hard to make improvements and get our overall rating back to 'good'. 

Our Back to Good journey has involved every team across the organisation to address issues identified by the CQC.

The CQC have acknowledged the process we have made but we know there is still lots to do.

You can find out more about the work we have been doing on our dedicated Back to Good page by clicking here