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CQC welcomes improvements at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) has met all the requirements of a warning notice issued by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in April 2019.

The warning notice highlighted a number of issues in relation to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in the mid and east of the county.

Today’s news follows an unannounced, focussed CQC inspection of CAMHS services in mid and east Cornwall in October 2019.

The CQC were impressed by the systems put in place by the Trust to deliver sustainable improvements to access and waiting times.

Initially learning of the CQC’s concerns, the Trust immediately reviewed and contacted every young person who was waiting for treatment and remains in regular contact with young people and their families.

Julie Dawson, Managing Director said, ‘This announcement is testament to the hard work of staff in both CAMHS teams and the service as a whole. Everyone has worked together, to address the concerns highlighted by the CQC and to deliver quality of care we all want our young people to receive. We have made tremendous progress which is reflected in the outcome of the unannounced inspection.

‘Since March 2019, we have filled the majority of our clinical vacancies and appointed an additional 31 Clinical Associate Psychologists to work across child and adolescent mental health services. As a result, individual caseloads are much smaller. 

‘However, some young people continue to wait, longer for assessment and treatment than we would like but we have a clear plan in place to ensure we meet our access targets by March 2020. I am confident our processes now ensure oversight from team to Board level to make sure every young person is supported and that we will continue to deliver the improvements our young people deserve.’

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