South Yorkshire trust given thumbs up

RDaSH logo.
RDaSH logo.

A health trust which provides mental health services for people across Doncaster, the Dearne Valley and the Isle of Axholme, has received the thumbs up from government inspectors.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have just published their findings after carrying out the unannounced inspection over seven days in October last year at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).

The CQC visited a number of wards across the health trust looking at areas such as patient care, staff organisation and how staff safeguard people who use the services from abuse.

The 12 inspectors found that the trust met all of the standards they were checking by talking to 52 people who use the services and by speaking to some relatives.

The report states that inspectors found that people told them they were asked for their consent and their care and treatment was explained to them.

It adds: “We found that care and treatment was planned and delivered in a way that ensured people’s safety and welfare. We found that people who used the service were protected from the risk of abuse. People told us they felt safe.”

Inspectors said staff were “qualified, skilled and experienced” in meeting people’s needs.

Christine Bain, chief executive of RDaSH, said: “We welcome the report by the inspectors. It shows that we are meeting the standards expected by the CQC. Any comments we have received from the inspectors that will help us enhance the services we offer have been taken on board.

“We also always listen to comments from patients and carers and use this feedback to shape and enhance the services we offer.”