Health services are looking good

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Health services in Milton Keynes are looking good according to a report from the Care Quality Commission.

NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)has announced that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report on the outcome of the Integrated Inspection of Safeguarding and Looked after Children’s Service in Milton Keynes identified a number of strengths in how commissioners and health services contribute to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and young people.

The inspection was conducted alongside the Ofsted-led programme of children’s services inspections. These focus on safeguarding and the care of looked after children within a specific local authority.

The two-week inspection process comprises a range of methods for gathering information – document reviews, interviews, focus groups and visits – in order to develop a corroborated set of evidence which contributes to the overall framework for the integrated inspection.

The CQC contributes to the inspection team and assesses the contribution of health services to safeguarding and the care of Looked after children. The findings from the inspection contribute to the joint report published by Ofsted.

The report highlighted positive outcomes including that the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) successfully bring together all health and partner organisations working with children and young people in Milton Keynes to deliver safeguarding services.

There is very good engagement of senior managers and executive directors with the LSCB with the designated and named safeguarding staff being active members of the various sub groups.

There are good engagement and partnership working with the emerging CCG, setting the future direction for children’s health services.

There is very good engagement and governance structures for the Looked after children health service provision. The work of the dedicated Looked after children’s nurse and team are highly respected by partners.

An action plan is currently being developed addressing the recommendations in the report. This will be submitted to the CQC.

Dr Nicola Smith Chair of NHS Milton Keynes Clinical CCG, said: “We welcome the learning that has come from the inspection. The inspection highlighted areas of good practice in health services but we also recognise there is room for improvement.

“We will continue effective joint working between agencies and professionals to ensure the safeguarding of children in Milton Keynes; that they are protected from harm and receive high quality care.”

For more information on Safeguarding in Milton Keynes, visit the website