Mental Health Care Gets A ‘Good’ Rating

Peterborough’s adult mental health community care has received a “good” rating in a national review. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust was praised by the Healthcare Commission for its many examples of good practice. These include the range of information available to service users and carers on both mental health conditions and the local services available.

The trust also scored highly on the management of medication, the approach to prescribing and working with service users to monitor, record, and manage the side effects of medication.

Chief executive of the trust Karen Bell said: “This is a significant achievement. It is another external accreditation of the quality and safety of our services and credit must go to those working in the community teams and also to colleagues in other settings.”

The survey aimed to find out about the experiences of people using mental health services in the community, which provide care to people who have been referred to a psychiatric outpatient clinic or local community mental health team.