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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today (Tuesday 27 February) published its report into the specialist community mental health services for children and young people in Birmingham.

This service, which is run by the Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, has been rated as inadequate following an inspection in July 2017.

The Trust provides community mental health care for children and young people from the age of 0 to 18 and is the lead provider in the Forward Thinking Birmingham partnership, which provides mental health services for patients aged 25 and under across the city.

The CQC inspection focused specifically on the community services provided by the Trust and the Trust’s overall rating of Outstanding has not changed as a result of this inspection. 

Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is clear that when the CQC inspected our community mental health service last summer, it was not fulfilling the needs of our children, young people and families, falling short of the standards they rightly expect.

“We pride ourselves on the levels of care and support we offer to all of our patients and families, and since the day we received the CQC’s feedback, our teams have been working hard to put this right, making a range of urgent improvements.

“When we were commissioned to provide this ambitious new service in 2016, we always knew there would be challenges, in part due to the escalating number of children and young people in our city in need of mental health support.

“Making the necessary improvements is proving to be a tough journey, and change will not happen overnight - but ‘inadequate’ is not the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s way, and we are determined to do better with support from our children, young people, families, commissioners and partners.”

If you would like to read the full report it is available to download from the CQC website.