MENTAL health services in Devon have improved over the last year according to quality inspectors.
The Care Quality Commission now rates services in the county as good, a hike-up from the last inspection which highlighted a number of areas which required improvement.
The latest inspection of Devon Partnership Trust has now recognised a number of improvements and awarded a good rating across the board.
Secure services provided at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish received an outstanding rating for its responsiveness.
Commenting on the publication of the latest CQC report, chief executive of the trust Melanie Walker said: ‘I am delighted the CQC has recognised the hard work staff have put in and how far we have come in a relatively short space of time.
‘The CQC has acknowledged the significant progress made and rated our organisation as good.
‘I am particularly pleased for our staff who thoroughly deserve this recognition.
‘But most of all for the people who use our services and the people who support them, they have been instrumental in helping make the progress recognised in this report.
‘I take huge pride in leading out staff who make a positive impact on many people’s lives every day.
‘Their achievement is all the more impressive because it has taken place during what has been an incredibly tough time for the NHS and most particularly for mental health and learning disability services.’
The previous report in January 2016 highlighted five areas requiring improvement including acute wards and psychiatric intensive care units, community based services for older people and crisis services.
The 2017 report does indicate the need for some further work to address issues at one of the organisation’s adult wards and this has already been started.
Ms Walker added that the trust face challenges to attain an ‘outstanding’ rating and achieve the goal of becoming a centre of excellence.
She said: ‘We know that we have a fantastic staff group who are more than capable of achieving these goals but we will also need support of our partners in health and social care and from our commissioners as we seek further investment in the vital services that we provide.’