Statement in response to CAMHS CQC published report

September 15, 2021

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published its report into the three children and young people’s mental health services (CAMHS) T4 inpatient wards at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT).

We take the CQC’s findings very seriously, and following their inspection visit in May we took immediate action to make sustainable improvements to our services for children and their families – these include increasing staffing levels, delivering ongoing coaching and mentoring for our staff in observing our patients and engaging with them and strengthening clinical and operational leadership.

Patient safety is our highest priority, and we continue to work closely with the CQC and our partners to improve standards and ensure every patient has access to the best care possible.