Mental health trusts appeal against falling star ratings

    Two mental health trusts have appealed against the star ratings
    recently awarded by the Healthcare Commission, writes
    Haroon Ashraf

    Derbyshire Mental Health Trust and another as yet unidentified
    trust have said there are unhappy with their fall in the

    “Our overall score has been adversely affected by inadequate
    information systems, which we acknowledge and already have an
    action plan to address,” Chief Executive of Derbyshire Mental
    Health Services Mike Shewan said.

    The Trust met five of the seven key targets but failed to reach the
    required standards for the assertive outreach service and the
    mental health minimum data set, he said.

    A Commission spokesman told Community Care that all mental health
    trusts needed to be better at providing information and collecting

    “Mental health trusts are not under as much scrutiny as
    [better performing] acute trusts, which have become used to
    clinical and corporate governance,” he said

    Six primary care trusts, four acute trusts and two mental health
    trusts have challenged their new star ratings.

    “The performance of mental health trusts remains a cause for
    concern, with more than a third still having one star or
    less,” the Commission said when the ratings were published on
    July 21.

    “The quality of the information available in these
    organisations, so they can monitor effectively the care of people
    who use mental health services, also needs improvement,” it
    said. However the Commission said this year’s ratings showed
    overall the NHS was improving.

    “More trusts have been given three star and two star ratings
    and 93 per cent of acute trusts have no-one waiting more than nine
    months for in-patient treatment.”

    The closing date for trusts to appeal the commission’s
    ratings is August 6.


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