Men­tal health ser­vice is not good enough, says NHS trust chief

SCRU­TINY COM­MIT­TEE IS TOLD OF THE LAT­EST EF­FORTS TO IM­PROVE

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Waits too long and they don’t have the abil­ity to meet de­mand

MEN­TAL health ser­vices in Le­ices­ter, Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land are not good enough, says the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the health trust in charge of pro­vid­ing them.

Peter Miller, who heads Le­ices­ter­shire Part­ner­ship NHS Trust, told coun­cil­lors on Le­ices­ter City Coun­cil’s health scru­tiny com­mit­tee that the ser­vices on of­fer needed to im­prove.

“Men­tal health ser­vices in Le­ices­ter, Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land are not as good as I would like them to be,” he said.

“Waits are too long, we don’t have the ca­pac­ity to re­spond to de­mand, too many peo­ple are be­ing treated out of the county.

“There are 1,500 chil­dren wait­ing for on­go­ing treat­ment and that is not ac­cept­able to any of us.

“We’ve spent three or four years now try­ing to plug the gap and now we’re start­ing to see signs of im­prove­ment.”

In Novem­ber last year, in­spec­tors from the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion vis­ited the trust and is­sued a rat­ing of “re­quires im­prove­ment”.

The trust has since teamed up with Northum­ber­land, Tyne and Wear NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, a top­per­form­ing trust, to take el­e­ments of their work­ing model and try to im­ple­ment them.

Mr Miller said: “They are a ser­vice that has sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved and they are now help­ing us im­prove our ser­vices.

“This isn’t about small changes or build­ing on what we have, it’s about trans­form­ing in a dif­fer­ent way.”

Health bosses will fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing and im­prov­ing ser­vices for peo­ple in cri­sis; pre­na­tal and post­na­tal pa­tients; peo­ple who turn up at A&E and phys­i­cal health hos­pi­tals; chil­dren with eat­ing dis­or­ders and pa­tients need­ing chil­dren and ado­les­cent men­tal health ser­vices (CAMHS).

Mr Miller said: “A year ago there were 20 to 25 pa­tients a month be­ing treated out of the county. Cur­rently there are 12. Gen­er­ally, it’s been un­der 10, so it is get­ting bet­ter.

“We’re us­ing the same pro­cesses as Northum­ber­land, Tyne and Wear NHS Foun­da­tion and it is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

“I’m con­fi­dent we can im­prove from where we are – oth­er­wise we wouldn’t be do­ing it.

“We won’t be out­stand­ing in the next year but this is a five- year pro­gramme, we’re cur­rently about half way through.”

Coun­cil­lor Elly Cutkelvin said: “The ser­vice has fallen short in a few ways and it’s some­thing we will con­tinue to look at.”

The CQC vis­ited the trust again last month. In­spec­tors looked at the Bradgate Unit, the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion unit, in­pa­tient fa­cil­i­ties for peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, men­tal health ser­vices for older peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and CAMHS in the com­mu­nity. The re­port will be pub­lished this month.

FIVE-YEAR PROJECT: Peter Miller

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