THE Island's health trust has improved its Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating — but it remains in special measures.

Formerly rated 'inadequate,' the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has been upgraded to 'requires improvement' following another inspection by the CQC earlier this year.

Inspectors found most areas had made improvements since their last visit in January, 2018.

In May and June, the CQC looked at the trust's mental health, community, ambulance and primary care services.

The trust was rated as 'requires improvement' in four categories — safe, effective, responsive and well-led.

It was rated 'good' in the caring category.

In the inspection report, published today (Wednesday), the CQC highlighted areas that needed improvement and gave examples of areas where the trust had continued to fail patients.

Inspectors found staff did not always monitor patients' nutrition and hydration needs — leaving patients without enough food and drink — there were not enough qualified staff, and waiting lists in some areas reached eight months for an assessment.

Eighty-one breaches of legal requirements were also found.

Mental health services remain inadequate, but other services, including the NHS 111 and out of hours services, had improved and were rated good.

Dr Nigel Acheson, the CQC’s deputy chief inspector of hospitals, said: “At this return visit to the Isle of Wight NHS Trust we found a number of improvements had been made.

"However, there are areas where further work is needed and the trust must ensure it continues to make changes that will lead to sustainable improvements, so that people receive the care they should be able to expect.

“Although there has been progress in addressing some of the immediate issues, we felt that it is still too early to judge their effectiveness and for that reason I believe the trust should remain in special measures for now.

“In particular, the trust needed to ensure there were sufficient and suitably qualified staff available and systems to guard against risks were fully embedded to ensure patients were protected from avoidable harm.

“We have given our feedback to the trust and we will return to carry out further inspections to check on its progress with improvement.”

Inspectors found issues with the flow of patients through the hospital, starting at admissions and resulting in delays to care and treatment, and a waning notice has been issued.

They found some patients were treated in non-patient bed spaces, as none of the hospital's 246 beds were available, risking patient safety, and found staff were not fully completing patient records.

They also noted there were not enough staff with the right qualifications, skills, training and experience to keep patients safe and to provide the right care and treatment.

Concerns were still raised about the community mental health services for adults, and and the wards for elderly people with mental health problems. Warning notices for both services, requiring significant improvements, have been issued.

Areas praised as compassionate by the CQC included the patient transport service and its staff — one patient who had not seen the sea for a long time, due to their age and infirmity, was driven home along the seafront when they were discharged from hospital.

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