Health service watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently published a positive report after its recent inspection of the Bracton Centre. The review concluded the Centre met all essential standards and no concerns were identified.
The Bracton Centre provides a range of specialist forensic mental health services for people aged 18 - 65 living in the boroughs of Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham and other boroughs when requested. The centre offers assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, and has a number of clinics providing 24 hour services.
The CQC report said: “People who use the service told us during our visit on 6 July 2011 that staff involved them in planning their treatment and care and helped them to become more independent. They said that staff treated them well. They had regular contact with staff and felt able to make comments or complaints about the service to them. People told us their privacy and dignity were respected.
“People were given information about the medicines they were taking and were monitored for any possible side effects. People also told us that they chose what they wanted to eat, and that the premises were cleaned regularly and were well maintained.”
The report went on: “Our current overall judgement is that the Bracton Centre Medium Secure Unit was meeting all the essential standards of quality and safety.”
The CQC is the independent regulator of all health and adult social care in England. Its aim is to make sure better care is provided for everyone, whether that’s in hospital, in care homes, in people’s own homes, or elsewhere. Its inspectors check records, observe care and treatment and speak to staff and patients.
A delighted Oxleas’ Chief Executive, Stephen Firn, said: “This is great news, I’d like to thank the Bracton Centre staff for all their hard work which ensured compliance with all of the CQC’s requirements. However, we can't be complacent and we are expecting further visits from the commission to other services in the coming months.”