The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ranked mental health NHS trusts in England to indicate their risk of providing poor care. About 12% (5 trusts) of the 39 mental health trusts are in band one indicating the highest level of risk, 16 are in band two, two are in band three and 16 are in band four (the best standard of care). A separate report is published on each trust.
Mental health NHS trusts ranked for risk of poor care. London: BBC Health News, November 20th 2014.
This relates to:
Intelligent monitoring: trusts that provide mental health services. London: Care Quality Commission, November 2014.
“We have placed each trust into a priority band from one highest perceived concern to four lowest perceived concern. While the bands will help us to decide which trusts to inspect first, they don’t represent a judgement or a ranking of care quality. We haven’t banded every trust”.
Further Clarification on the Purpose of Priority Bands
The “priority bands” are officially meant to help the CQC decide priorities regarding which trusts to inspect. They do have a “secondary” early warning role implicitly.
“While the bandings are not judgements of quality, we hope NHS trusts will use our analysis to reflect on where they may need to improve”.
Priority bands published for trusts that provide mental health services. London: Care Quality Commission, November 20th 2014.
Rewards For Failure / Inaction?
Directors at a mental health trust repeatedly rated to be unsafe received sizeable pay increases, despite failing to improve standards.
Directors at ‘unsafe’ mental health trust got pay rise. London: BBC Health News, November 3rd 2017.