21st Sep, 2021

'Inadequate' private mental health hospital closes to adults to focus on children's treatment

John Carlon 29th Sep, 2020

A PRIVATE hospital in Coventry for mental health patients is set to reopen solely for children, after a surprise inspection by a national watchdog rated its adult services ‘inadequate.’

Cygnet Hospital Coventry in Hillfields, which changed its name to Cygnet Joyce Parker Hospital, has become a dedicated mental health facility for under-18s.

Earlier in 2020, Cygnet Hospital was rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission following the deaths of two patients.

It was placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission, but after a unannounced inspection in the summer, inspectors again gave it the CQC’s worst rating.

Before becoming Cygnet Joyce Parker, the Hillfields centre provided inpatient mental health care for women – it was previously rated as Good overall.

‘Incomplete documentation’

The CQC’s report published on August 14 found: “Documentation for patient observations was not fully completed, although we were assured that patients were being observed correctly and safely from other findings on the inspection.

“Identified patient risks and how they were to be managed were not always documented within the risk management plan. This meant staff might not know of appropriate interventions to use to minimise patient risk.”

Cygnet Joyce Parker has been approached for comment on how it will manage mental health risk assessments for the young people in its care.

A statement provided read: “Cygnet Health Care is launching Cygnet Joyce Parker Hospital, named after a former care worker, to offer support to young people aged between 12 and 18 with mental health issues. Specialist health care teams will work in psychiatric intensive care and low secure environments with the aim of helping young people stabilise their condition and return home as soon as possible.”

Prior to the change in offer and name, the CQC found Cygnet Hospital had ‘a high turnover of managers in the last year, and the provider had decided to close due to long standing issues regarding the culture of the service.

“However, the majority of staff now felt respected, supported and valued, especially in the last two months and since the decision to close the hospital had been made.”

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