Health economy makes ‘outstanding’ contribution to vulnerable children
The ‘outstanding’ contribution of the health economy in relation to the health of vulnerable children has been acknowledged in a recently published report.
The news comes as part of the outcomes of a recent inspection of safeguarding and looked after children’s services in Bury, which also highlighted the contribution of health agencies (NHS Bury as the commissioner and local NHS providers) in Bury in relation to keeping children and young people safe as ‘good’.
The inspection, part of a three year statutory programme of inspection of children’s services, was undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in conjunction with Ofsted, took place in the spring of 2012. The aim of the inspection was to test compliance with standards of quality of care and safety relating to children and young people.
The team of inspectors looked at documents, case files and other evidence against their assessment criteria. They also spoke to managers, health professionals, agencies and other interested parties, with a view to gaining a holistic perspective of how children's services in Bury are delivered and to what extent they meet the needs of children and young people in terms of keeping them safe and healthy.
The outcome of the inspection demonstrates a high level of confidence in the ability of health agencies in Bury to keep children and young people both safe and healthy.
As part of the inspection, health colleagues were praised for their efforts and it was acknowledged how health and social care services in Bury as a whole works very hard to provide high quality, responsive services for children and young people.
Dr. Cathy Fines, NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Board member and representative for Bury CCG on the Bury Children Safeguarding Board, said: “This was an intensive inspection of local services and the feedback demonstrates a high level of confidence from the inspectors in our ability to keep children and young people safe, and to improve the health outcomes for looked after children. The outcome of this inspection is of credit to all colleagues working across health and social care services who aspire to deliver high quality and responsive services for children and young people in Bury.”
Date: 21st August 2012
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Notes to Editor:
A copy of the report on the outcome of the inspection, which is a public document and is published on the NHS Bury website.