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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Progress made on services for children in Cumbria

Significant improvements have been made to services for children and young people in Cumbria – but there is still work to do.

National watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a review following ongoing concerns.

It focused on health services for looked after children and safeguarding work.

The review followed an inspection in April 2012 which found that services in the county were inadequate. However the latest report shows progress has been made.

Health organisations across Cumbria – including NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the Cumbria Partnership, local hospital trusts and Cumbria County Council – have been working in partnership to tackle the issues raised.

They today welcomed the report, but said they recognise there is still work to do.

Inspectors flagged up significant improvements in the health and wellbeing of some children.

They also acknowledged a £2.8 million investment to improve Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, using feedback from young people, and employ specialist nurses and health visitors to work with looked after children.

Partnership working was also praised in the report, though further recommendations were also made.

Dr Amanda Boardman, NHS Cumbria CCG’s GP lead for children and safeguarding, said: “The next step is to agree a timetable in which the recommendations are dealt with as quickly as possible.”

Sara Munro, the Cumbria Partnership’s acting director of quality and nursing, added: “The trust welcomes the report and its findings but we are very aware that there is still work to do.”

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