Rampton Hospital has once again received an impressive rating from its annual security audit, being scored as Green – Substantial Assurance.
The high secure hospital near Retford, which is managed by Nottinghamshire Healthcare, has consistently received excellent ratings each year, reflecting the dedication of staff to ensure the safety of patients, colleagues and the public.
The auditors were impressed most by the Hospital’s staff, commending how professional, caring and compassionate they are.
Lee Brammer, Head of Security Services at Rampton Hospital said: “We are really pleased with our rating and the feedback about our staff. Our greatest asset in keeping everyone safe is our staff. Even with the challenging staffing and clinical demands made on them, they work hard every day to deliver effective care and treatment to our patients in a safe and therapeutic environment. The audit result reflects this and our commitment to safety and security for our patients, staff, visitors and the public.”
This year the audit methodology changed to be peer-led, so the Hospital was audited by peers from the security teams of Ashworth and Broadmoor Hospitals rather than the audit team from the National Offender Management Service. The team carried out the audit against the National Clinical Security Framework (NCSF) for High Security Hospitals which comprises seven functions including Control & Movement, Risk Assessment, Searching, Security, Communication, Surveillance and Intelligence, Training & Development and Physical Security.
Lee continued: “One area of practice where we have been identified as requiring improvement is in ensuring we listen to randomly recorded patient telephone calls within 24 hours of being recorded. An action plan to address the recommendations made by the audit team is being developed and will be reported to the Trust Board of Directors to provide assurance and evidence of compliance.
“The experience of peer-led security audit was very positive and a framework for assurance that will provide significant shared learning across the high security psychiatric hospitals.”