Newly reopened Havering mental health unit gains good inspection results
- Credit: Matt Lund (Nelft)
An adolescent mental health unit that treats Havering teenagers has been rated good three months after reopening in the wake of a negative inspection last year.
The North East London Foundation Trust (Nelft), closed Brookside mental health unit in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, in May following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection.
It then spent more than £750,000 on renovating and restaffing the unit, which reopened in November.
Nelft chief executive John Brouder had described himself as “disappointed” following the CQC’s report last year, but was proud that the Brookside closure had been vindicated.
He said: “Taking the decision to temporarily close the unit was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make.
You may also want to watch:
“It became obvious to us that to improve the building and environment we had to temporarily remove the patients to do the extensive work needed to ensure that we have a building fit for future generations.”
Staffing levels across the mental health trust were criticised by the CQC last year, and in answer to that Nelft held a number of recruitment drives in areas across north east London.
- 1 Consultations open on rolling out school streets to 12 new sites
- 2 Harold Hill 18-year-old given suspended sentence for ATM robberies
- 3 Coffee shop apologises for 'mis-post' offering kitten as Christmas prize
- 4 Romford MP slams Crossrail delay as it will miss Queen's platinum jubilee
- 5 'Cheating surge': Dating site reveals how many people are having affairs in your area
- 6 Future of bus route hangs in the balance as consultation ends
- 7 Met Office warns of flooding risk with heavy rain set to hit London
- 8 Man charged with multiple child exploitation offences to stand trial
- 9 Cabinet to vote on proposed changes to how housing is allocated in Havering
- 10 Shaken Not Stirred: James Bond fan co-founds group and brings thousands of 007 lovers together
Brookside came in for heavy criticism, and was deemed inadequate in safety, effectiveness, responsiveness and leadership, with inspectors reporting a lack of clear policy for monitoring and searching patients.
Speaking of the improvements that have been made since then, Mr Brouder said: “I’m delighted that the unit is now recognised by the CQC inspectors as providing good care for patients and that they noted that staff morale is now high.
“Temporarily closing the Unit was a difficult choice to make for all concerned, but one that now appears to have been the correct long-term decision.”
As part of the changes at Brookside, Nelft also launched a Young People’s Home Treatment Team (YPHTT) to allow more young people to be treated in a less restrictive manner.
A Nelft spokesman said: “The Trust would like to put on record its thanks to all the staff who worked tirelessly to ensure the improvements were made and Brookside was ready to reopen as soon as possible.”