Concerns about the running of one of the first care trusts have
been raised by the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI), after
allegations of patient abuse were made against staff last
A CHI investigation published this week finds that, despite some
improvements, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust’s
systems to improve care and safeguard patients are poor and its
capacity to resolve problems surrounding the allegations
The investigation into Rowan Ward, a mental health unit for older
people run by the trust, revealed poor management, which left staff
and patients isolated and in an environment that put patients at
The report accuses the trust of a lack of awareness of national
policies to protect vulnerable adults.
Trust chief executive Andrew Butters pledged to continue its
programme of reform.
– Report from www.chi.nhs.uk