Care Quality Commission Rates Somerset’s Community and Mental Health Services As “Good”


Somerset’s community and mental health services have just been rated “good” by the governing body, Care Quality Commission.

The Care Quality Commission is an independent organization that regulates all social care and health services in England. It inspects, monitors and regulates care services to make sure all citizens are given safe, effective, and high-quality care services.

The governing body carried out a thorough inspection of the services managed by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and considered it “good” in four major areas. According to the Care Quality Commission, Somerset’s community and mental health services are effective and caring. However, they need improvement in safety.

According to the inspection conducted by the CQC, the mental health wards and services for children, adults, and older people deserve praise.

The specialised mental health services for deaf children and adults also stood out for the CQC inspectors. As seen in the inspection, patients are given access care and are accommodated through DVDs that are translated into sign language.

Chief executive of Sompar and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Peter Lewis, said, “Today I have thanked the staff for their dedication to their patients.

“Inspectors remarked specifically on their compassion, kindness and support for patients and how motivated they are to achieve the best outcomes for patients and carers and the pride they take in their work.”

While Somerset’s community and mental health services were given praise with a “good” rating, the trust still emphasizes that there is still a room for improvement.

The improvements needed are specialised community and mental health services for children and the youth.

Lewis added, “In addition to setting out where we are doing well, the CQC’s inspection report also highlights areas where we have more work to do. The rating for our Community CAMHS (child and adult mental health service) was “requires improvement.”

“Sompar teams have already done an enormous amount of work including bringing waiting times down, which the CQC also recognised in their report, and I thank them for their dedication and hard work to address this.”

If you want to read the full report of the Care Quality Commission, visit