Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has been rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following its recent inspection in September this year.

The independent regulator’s inspection report, published today (15 December) assesses the Trust as good for caring, responsive, effective and well-led, and requires improvement for safe, giving the overall rating of good.

Inspectors recognised significant improvements across the Trust’s services, including governance processes, oversight and management of risks and performance, serious incident reporting, and staff supervision, appraisal and mandatory training. The report also recognises the organisation’s continued focus on service improvements that is called the Care Trust Way.

The report states that staff were ‘kind, caring and compassionate’ and that the Trust has a clear focus on staff wellbeing and meeting the needs of its diverse communities.  Inspectors recognised a ‘positive culture of openness and transparency’ and a ‘skilled, experienced and passionate’ leadership team that brings diverse experiences to their roles.

The report also highlights some service areas that need further improvements, including patient documentation, responding to incidents and patient access to some services, and the need to upgrade some Trust facilities.

Therese Patten, Chief Executive at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am very proud of our staff who have worked hard to achieve this result, whilst also meeting the challenges of the pandemic. We know that our Care Trust Way empowers staff to drive service improvements and this report demonstrates this. I’d like to personally thank all our staff and our partners who work together to deliver services to our communities.

“We know that our improvement journey continues and we must focus on the areas that the report highlights. This includes ensuring that the improvements that we have already made in our specialist child and young people mental health services, start to make the difference that we expect, for children, young people, their families and carers.

“It also means re-developing our Lynfield Mount Hospital which the CQC states again,  is not fit-for-purpose. The care at Lynfield Mount is rated good, but we await to hear if we have been considered for national funding, so we can urgently upgrade the 1960s building to ensure we can better focus on patient recovery and wellbeing.”