Health & Fitness Preston mental health centre criticised over dirty plates and no emergency medicine
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The Hamptons in, is a high-dependency rehabilitation unit for men with mental health needs - catering for patients between the ages of 18 and 65. In a report published last week (21 October), it was handed a 'Requires Improvement' rating.
The centre, located on Gough Lane, has 14 beds and at the time of the inspection in August, all patients were detained under the Mental Health Act. The Hamptons was found to have pitfalls in a lack of emergency medicine, staff training and kitchen cleanliness.
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Speaking to LancsLive, bosses at the centre have criticised - and appealed - certain aspects of the report.
While inspectors generally found wards were safe, mostly clean and well-equipped, there were no emergency medicines stored in the service, meaning they were not adhering to the requirements of the CQC's quality standards. Patients also informed inspectors that there was a dirty dustpan and brush in the kitchen, as well as crockery and cutlery that was dirty, meaning people were at risk of cross-infection.
Further to this, the kitchen was not included in the centre's daily cleaning schedule, meaning it was not receiving a regular clean, but instead was receiving three monthly deep cleans. Further on in the report, inspectors found that the service's managers did not make sure agency and bank staff were fully inducted into the service before starting their shift.
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Five of the 13 agency staff that worked during the time of the inspection were found without a completed induction checklist on their file. This meant the CQC were "not assured that staff had been inducted into the service and that they had the necessary information to support patients effectively."
As the centre supports men with mental health issues, a requirement of the Health and Care Act 2022 from July, states that staff must undergo Autism and learning disability training, however no members of staff had completed this at the time of the inspection. As well as this, staff were not receiving immediate life support training which is a requirement of the Resuscitation Council UK.
However, despite this, patients told inspectors that it was the best service they had been to and were given one time with their named nurse. They also enjoyed their group outings, cooking opportunities and work around the service including clearing the garden.
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A spokesperson for The Hamptons said: “Our team is proud to provide first-class care in a controlled and comfortable environment for men who are experiencing a complex range of mental health issues. We work exceptionally hard to deliver long-term support and specialist rehabilitation for our service users, enabling them to be the experts in their own mental health.
“We were pleased that, in their latest inspection report, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) noted the positive feedback from our patients about the care we provide. The report also recognised the expertise of our staff in assessing and managing risk, the strength of our safeguarding practice, and our safe medicines management processes.
“However, we were disappointed to read some of the CQC’s negative feedback, much of which we maintain is disproportionate and misleading. We have consequently challenged the most recent findings of the CQC, which we do not believe truly reflect the performance of our hospital.
“Our team provided substantial evidence on record-keeping, staffing and training to inspectors during their visit, and immediately afterwards, to allay their concerns. We have also raised with the CQC our frustration at their lack of clarity concerning what was considered a mandatory training requirement.
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"Thus far, we remain disappointed that the CQC have not engaged with our legitimate concerns in these areas. Whilst we continue to raise these concerns with the CQC with regards to their recent inspection report, we are continuing to work hard to ensure that our record-keeping and training processes are of the high standards we hold ourselves to, and which our patients and their families rightly deserve. Our priority remains keeping those in our care safe and supported to achieve their goals."
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