09 Dec 2016

Responding to the CQC warning notice, a spokesperson for West London Mental Health NHS Trust said:

“Early in November 2016 our services were subject to a planned CQC re-inspection. Initial feedback from the inspectors recognised many areas of improvement since our initial inspection in June 2015. However, the CQC also highlighted areas where further improvement is needed and we are acting on this. The CQC will publish their inspection report early in 2017. In the interim, they have issued a ‘warning notice’ to express concerns about the impact of short staffing at Broadmoor Hospital. This concern is one we all share and we will continue to work hard to address our staffing issues.

Like many other NHS trusts we face difficulties in recruiting suitably qualified, specialist registered mental health nurses and other clinical staff. We recognise the CQC’s concerns that this is causing particular challenges at Broadmoor Hospital and have been and are acting swiftly to rectify the situation.  A number of measures have already been put in place, such as:

  • relocation packages for qualified nurses;
  • an excellent preceptorship programme with accelerated pay progression to support newly qualified nurses with the transition from student to registered nursing duties;
  • a successful recruitment campaign for Multi-skilled Transitional Workers to support the transition into the new hospital; and
  • a bespoke career development pathway for healthcare assistants to become assistant practitioners or qualified nurses;
  • Other measures are also being developed in consultation with our staff, to improve both recruitment and retention.”