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Health provision at Leeds secure children’s home given thumbs up by inspectors

East Moor Regional Secure Unit was the subject of an unannounced OFSTED inspection where it found services were proactive and well developed.

East Moor provides secure accommodation for up to 27 young people aged between 10 and 17 years old, and is operated by Leeds City Council.

The inspection reported services, some of which are provided by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, to be of high quality and exceeding minimum requirements.

The inspection looked at several aspects of the centre including overall effectiveness of the centre, outcomes for children and young people, quality of care, safeguarding children and young people and leadership and management.

It found that young people’s health needs are positively promoted as well as arrangements in place to ensure that young people’s health needs are met. Developments at the centre have meant that young people have quick access to nursing staff who are able to refer to other community based services and resources such as general practitioners, opticians and dental services for young people.

A part of these developments at East Moor, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust appointed a nurse manager to help with the co-ordination of healthcare services. The appointment has allowed stronger partnership working to help identify service needs of the young people cared for.

Alongside the nursing provision and Speech and Language Therapy the nurse manager co-ordinates Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Sexual Health Service and Substance Misuse Service to help support young people improve their healthcare and make healthier sustainable choices.

With a wide range of more specialist services such as psychiatric and psychological services all aspects of young people's physical, emotional and psychological health needs are well met at the centre.

Sarah Cardus, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s nurse manager based at the centre, said: “To pass the inspection was marvellous. All teams based at the centre work hard to give the best possible care to children and young people and it’s brilliant to see that hard work recognised.”

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Notes to editors:

OFSTED is the official body responsible for inspecting and regulating services that care for children.

For queries please contact:

Matthew Wallace

Communications Officer

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Tel: 0113 220 8514

Email: matthew.wallace@nhs.net

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