CQC report praises Oxleas and showcases artwork

Bracton Centre artwork at the CQC event
Artwork produced by Bracton Centre service users on display at the CQC event yesterday

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) launched its report Monitoring the Mental Health Act 2012/13 in London yesterday, and not only did we get a favourable mention in the report, but art produced by patients at the Bracton Centre was chosen to be displayed at the venue - The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster.

The (CQC) has a statutory responsibility to monitor how providers such as Oxleas and others are using the Mental Health Act to ensure people are treated with dignity, have their human rights respected and provide a framework by which they can raise issues about their situation.

In the 86 page report the CQC has used an extract from its monitoring visit to Ivy Willis House in July 2012 to illustrate 'very good practice' surrounding patients' involvement in the development of their care plans. Ivy Willis House in Bromley offers 24 hour care to the borough's residents (aged 18 to 65) with severe mental health needs requiring rehabilitation.

The report says: "Care plans reflected the views of clients, showing adherence to the respect and participation principles in the Code of Practice. These care plans have improved considerably since the last visit by the CQC and staff are to be commended for this good practice. There was a clear indication of clients and nursing staff views throughout the plan and these were clearly differentiated. Direct quotations from clients made it clear what their views were and what the goals were."

Lisa Moylan, our Head of Mental Health Legislation and Safeguarding Adults, said: "In the year 2012/13 CQC carried out 1,502 MHA visits, from all of these visits only six good practice examples are used in the report so to be included as one of these examples can be considered a real achievement."

As already mentioned the event also showcased Bracton Centre service users' artwork. As he opened the event, Professor Sir Mike Richards, the CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, thanked staff and service users for bringing the artwork which received excellent feedback from attendees. Last year patients at the Bracton Centre, our medium secure mental health unit, excelled themselves by winning more awards than any other secure mental health setting in the UK in the annual Koestler Awards competition.

From more than 8,000 national entries Bracton service users have won an impressive 29 awards, including five Platinum Awards, the highest accolade, which was equalled by only one other larger secure unit in the country.

The Koestler Trust is the UK's best-known prison arts charity. It has been awarding, exhibiting and selling artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients for more than 50 years.

Published on 30th January 2014