Press Release on behalf of Mersey Care NHS Trust

Press Release on behalf of Mersey Care NHS Trust

Mersey Care NHS Trust is pleased to have received a “good” rating for its services by England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals following the inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) earlier this year.

In the report published today, the good rating puts Mersey Care into the top 20% of all hospitals in the country that have been inspected by the CQC.

The trust’s services were rated as good for being effective, caring, responsive and well led. Their staff and management of falls were rated as outstanding, the CQC found there were impressive levels of co-production, while the research facility at Ashworth High Secure Hospital was rated as “an area of excellent practice.”

Although the trust were rated as “requires improvement” for being safe, the report highlighted that those concerns were “isolated to small areas and not systematic,” and none of which referred to Ashworth High Secure Hospital.

Joe Rafferty, chief executive of Mersey Care, said: “We welcome the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s report, which we regard as a rich source of information and feedback provided by independent inspectors and, importantly, from the patients who receive our services and the staff who provide them.

“Our overall rating of good confirms that we are providing safe and effective care. I am particularly pleased that our staff have been publically recognised for the care they give and were regarded as highly committed and respectful and treated people with dignity, involving families and carers.”

Mersey Care have already put practices in place that address the CQC’s concerns and Mr Rafferty said: “We have to put this in perspective and although we are pleased with a ‘Good’ rating, there are also areas that need attention.

“The report says we have responded well to concerns raised by inspection teams and proactively set about putting things right. Their concerns were isolated to small areas of the trust and were not systematic, but that does not mean we do not take each and every one of them extremely seriously.

“We care for many people who have a high level of deprivation and need for mental health services and we are determined to providing the highest standards of care, by learning and improving at each step on that journey.”

Interviews are available with Joe Rafferty, Mersey Care’s chief executive, this afternoon under embargo or on Wednesday. For further information contact: Myles Hodgson, Media Officer, on 0151-473-2797 or myles.hodgson@merseycare.nhs.uk or Communications on 0151 471 2336.