Responding to the latest CQC report into the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust’s psychiatric intensive care units – including its hospital at Rosebery Park, Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham said:
“Patients, family members and staff all deserve to know that the facilities provided by the Trust are fit for purpose and working in the best interests of those using the service. The re-grading of acute inpatient wards and psychiatric intensive care units (PICU) of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust from “inadequate” to “requires improvement” is small, but welcome, step in the right direction but shows there is still a long way to go before the service is providing a safe and secure environment for patients and staff.
“It is clear the Trust faces tremendous challenges and needs robust and practical support to improve in a meaningful – and sustainable – way. With a high vacancy rate and a twenty per cent shortage in consultants, there is a real need for an increase in staffing. The Government has a role to play here in ensuring enough health professionals are being trained for our health services to provide the best quality care for people.”