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Bucks' mental health NHS trust rated 'Good'

The CQC have been looking at how Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust are doing.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:39pm 13th December 2019. 3-minute read.

Bucks' mental health NHS trust rated 'Good'

The NHS trust providing mental health services in Buckinghamshire has been rated 'Good'.

But the CQC say Oxford Health requires improvement when it comes to being safe - although praised improvements despite struggles with funding.

The Trust say they're happy with how staff have been praised and they'll keep on improving.

The rating is based on scoring 'good' in four out of five quality measurements:

  • caring
  • responsive
  • well-led
  • effective

Then they are 'requiring improvement' for safe. 

Oxford Health has 18 services that are inspected by the CQC.

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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust runs mental health services in Buckinghamshire

Of these, 15 are 'good', two are 'outstanding', and one 'requires improvement', based on the results of an earlier inspection in 2018. The over-all rating of 'good' is unchanged since the last CQC inspection in 2018.

The over-all rating for the trust is based on CQC inspections of 16 core mental health, learning disability and community health services (it excludes two primary care services). 

Oxford Health's two primary care services are inspected separately, and their scores do not contribute to the trust's over-all rating. These are:

  • Luther Street GP Practice for homeless people - inspected April 2016, with subsequent regulatory review April 2018, rated 'outstanding'.
  • GP Out of Hours service - inspected September 2019 and rated 'good'.

As the body that assesses the quality of NHS services in England the CQC found that Oxford Health had a strong patient focus, and staff who are caring, compassionate and proud to work in their trust. 

The CQC notes that Oxford Health has continued to make improvements despite challenging funding issues, including a £12m shortfall in mental health and £10m shortfall in community services in Oxfordshire.

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The Whiteleaf Centre forms part of the Trust's services here in Aylesbury

The report recognises that this has required an additional level of dedication and capability from trust leaders and all staff to maintain the capacity and quality of services while managing scarce resources. 

Stuart Bell CBE, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive said:

"The CQC have given some very positive messages about Oxford Health over-all in this report. I'm particularly pleased that the report found that our trust has a strong patient focus, a learning culture and that our staff are caring, compassionate and proud to work here."

"I would like to thank our staff for their upholding of all that is best in the NHS and their contribution to delivering and improving our services before, during and after the CQC inspection. We value the insights that our own efforts and this recent inspection process have given us. All of this helps our learning and we will continue to work together to improve our services to benefit the people we serve."

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