The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today (27 May) published its report following its inspection of one core service at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust in March this year.

The report rates the Trust’s adult wards and psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) as ‘good’ across all five areas of caring, responsive, effective, safe and well-led.  This gives an overall rating of good.

Inspectors recognised the significant improvements that have been made since their previous inspection, and that staff are ‘assessing and managing risks well’, with minimal use of restrictive practices’ and ‘recovery-orientated care plans’, so that people can return to community settings as soon as they are able, with support. Inspectors also said that staff treated patients with ‘compassion and kindness’ and actively involved patients and carers in decisions about their care.

The CQC inspected six wards covering adults of a working age and the psychiatric intensive support unit.  Of the Trust’s 14 core services, this service is now one of nine that are rated good or outstanding.

Brent Kilmurray, Chief Executive of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The report rightly recognises the work and commitment of staff on the wards, to deliver such improvements in just under a year.  The rating is testimony to the efforts of all the staff involved and our Care Trust Way approach to driving continuous quality improvement across all services.

“The inspectors noted many positives, notably that staff treat patients with compassion and kindness, whilst understanding their needs and ensuring that patients and their loved ones, are central to any decisions about their care.  I’d like to thank all the staff involved that have worked together to achieve this.  It’s been a big team effort and this continuous improvement work will continue, including addressing the outstanding areas identified in the report.”