Two positive reviews from health service watchdog

Atlas House

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published two reports on services provided by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust: Atlas House, a specialist treatment and assessment unit for adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour; and the Bracton Community Psychiatric Nursing Team, who offer an in reach service in Kent prisons.

Both reviews concluded that Oxleas met all essential standards and no concerns were identified.

Atlas House was part of a targeted programme of 150 unannounced inspections by the CQC of hospitals and care homes that care for people with learning disabilities.

The aim of the programme was to look at whether people experience safe and appropriate care, treatment and support and whether they are protected from abuse. A national report into the findings of the programme will be published in the Spring.

At the visit in October 2011, the CQC talked at length to patients, carers and staff and reviewed paperwork and facilities. The findings show that patients and their relatives feel safe and cared for using Atlas House and have a very positive relationship with staff.

In its report, the CQC said: “One person told us ‘The staff support me well and discuss things with me. I understand my care plan because staff sat down and did it with me. They help me with my medication and diabetes and get me special diabetic biscuits and chocolate.’

“We saw that another person had a pictorial weekly plan on their wall that staff had made for them. They told us that this reminded them of the activities they were doing each week.”

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Published on 25th January 2012