Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust gets lowest rating for quality of learning difficulty services

Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust, which was slammed over the abuse of people with learning difficulties earlier this year was today given the lowest rating from the Healthcare Commission for the quality of its services.

The mental health and learning difficulties trust scored “weak” on quality of services and received the second lowest rating of “fair” on use of resources, in the Healthcare Commission’s annual performance ratings for NHS trusts in England.

The Healthcare Commission said this year’s ratings were based on a tougher assessment of trusts than the previous star ratings.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust received two stars in 2005, the maximum three stars in 2004, and two in 2003.

The trust was put on special measures earlier this year following the report into abuse in learning difficulties services.

Oxfordshire was the only one of the three specialist learning difficulties trusts in England to achieve the highest rating of “excellent” for the quality of its services.

Of the 61 mental health trusts, 34 received a rating of “fair” and three a rating of “weak” for quality of services.

Overall quality of services and use of resources in more than half of all NHS trusts were rated as fair or weak.


Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust
Quality of services: excellent
Use of resources: good

Northgate and Prudhoe NHS Trust (merged with other organisations on 1 April 2006)   
Quality of services: fair           
Use of resources: fair

Calderstones NHS Trust          
Quality of services: fair       
Use of resources: good


Quality of services
Excellent: 6
Good: 18
Fair: 34
Weak: 3

Use of resources
Excellent: 1
Good: 6
Fair: 45
Weak: 9

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