20 Jul 2017

A spokesperson for West London Mental Health NHS Trust said:

“Although we were disappointed not to have improved our overall rating at our re-inspection, we were hugely encouraged that the CQC recognised a whole range of improvements including much improved incident reporting culture, positive medicines management and significantly reduced restrictive practices.

“When the CQC re-inspected us in November 2016, they rightly highlighted that there is still much for us to do. Since then we have been making good progress in putting improvements in place.

“Like many other trusts, recruiting and retaining registered nurses continues to be a challenge, we are making good progress with latest figures showing 55 registered nurses recruited at Broadmoor Hospital and due to start in the coming months. We have also put in place a wide range of measures to increase the number of registered nurses in post across the Trust and improve staff retention.

“The CQC recognised the high levels of demand for our inpatient beds within local services in West London and we are working closely with commissioners, patients and their carers alongside local authority colleagues to improve our processes and free up capacity on our wards.

“We have also continued to invest in renovating or replacing the dated parts of our estate, with the new Broadmoor Hospital due to open next year and our modern Thames Lodge medium secure men’s unit in Ealing already delivering improvements for patients.”