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NEW RATING: Warning lifted but Radlett mental health unit still ‘requires improvement’ (VIDEO)

 Published on: 18th November 2022   |   By: Megan Milstead   |   Category: Uncategorized

A psychiatric unit in Radlett is no longer rated as ‘inadequate’.

Forest House is a specialist inpatient unit caring for young people with significant mental health problems and complex needs.

The unit was given a warning notice by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after inspections were made in November and December last year.

The inspections revealed that patients felt “unsafe” and “dissatisfied” with the standards of care, according to CQC head of inspection for mental health and community services Craig Howarth.

A new report, published on November 11, 2022, rated the unit as ‘requiring improvement’ after a follow-up inspection in July.

Karen Taylor, chief executive of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the unit, said: “We are pleased that the work we have done to improve care and support for young people and their families has been recognised in this latest inspection report by the CQC, but we also recognise that we have further improvements to make. We have provided more training and support for staff, recruited more staff, and improved how we involve and engage with young people and their families.

“We are confident we will continue to make the changes necessary and we will continue to work closely with young people, their families and carers to make the improvements they have told us matter to them.”


Photo credit: Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

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