A TRUST, which runs mental health services in Wiltshire, is not meeting all of the targets set out by the The Care Quality Commission and is still graded as requiring improvement.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership which runs Green Lane Hospital, Devizes and the next door Daisy Unit for people with learning disabilities has been given a long list of areas it must improve.

But inspectors found that the Daisy Unit itself has improved to good from inadequate. After a previous inspection in 2018 Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals said: “It is a matter of concern that 18 months after it opened, the Daisy Unit stills lacks a sense of direction.

“Managers had not set out an appropriate model of care to support people with a learning disability. Staff had not received the appropriate training to ensure they could meet the needs of their patients.”

But now Karen Bennett-Wilson CQC’s Head of Inspection for Mental Health in the South, said: “I am particularly pleased we were able to record improvements in the wards for people with a learning disability or autism, including the Daisy Unit, which are now rated as good where previously we had rated them as inadequate.”

Dominic Hardisty, Chief Executive for AWP said: “We welcome the inspection process and are pleased that the areas assessed either improved or remained the same in their rating.

“I am delighted to see the improvements in the ratings awarded for our Daisy ward and specialist community mental health services for children and young people.

“There was also clear evidence of the hard work, dedication and commitment of our staff, who work tirelessly to support those in need of our care.

“The inspections found our staff treat patients with compassion and kindness, respecting their privacy and dignity and supporting their individual needs.

“I would like to thank all our staff for their hard work and commitment to patients, service users and families in improving standards of care.”

But inspectors highlighted several areas of concern and said: “The trust must ensure that the use of restraint in prone position is reduced and staff receive training in alternative restraint methods to administer intramuscular rapid tranquilisation.

“The trust must ensure that all staff have access to and complete mandatory training, including suicide awareness.”