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Statement: CQC report into Southern Health

Statement: CQC report into Southern Health
23 January 2020

Maggie MacIsaac, Chief Executive, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups, Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group and West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, commented:

“The report published today by the Care Quality Commission is very welcome news for all concerned.

“For patients, the report highlights that staff are committed to keeping them safe, putting their needs first, and treating them with compassion and respect. For staff, this marks a welcome recognition of their hard work, and everyone at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust should feel a sense of pride that their skill and dedication has been recognised.

“This report confirms what we have seen recently – that the culture of the Trust is improving, and that there is a real and welcome focus on providing safe, high quality care. Importantly, that shift is not happening in isolation – the NHS across all of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is working more closely together, and with our partners, to improve outcomes for those who access mental health services.

“The inspectors’ report makes clear that there is still more to do – we agree, and we are clear that further improvements can and must be made. However, we are assured that the Trust leadership is focused on the task ahead, and is determined to keep staff and patients involved in making positive changes.”