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Eliminating Mixed-Sex Accommodation


Declaration of Compliance – June 2017

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is committed to providing every patient with same sex accommodation as it helps to safeguard their privacy and dignity when they are often at their most vulnerable.

We are pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the national standards to eliminate mixed sex accommodation, except when it is in the patient’s overall best interests, or reflects their personal choice.

At Leicestershire Partnership Trust we have the necessary facilities, resources and culture to ensure that all inpatient areas across our community hospitals provide same sex sleeping areas (bays) or individual side rooms and have separate male and female bathrooms. On some of the Adult Mental Health wards the bed areas are able to be flexible. This allows us to increase either male or female only areas to respond to demand and ensure same sex accommodation is effectively managed.

Our compliance to deliver same sex accommodation is regularly monitored. We will continue to monitor our progress against information that is made available following Care Quality Commission inspections, patient engagement, along with an annual self-assessment carried out by each directorate.

If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We have assurance mechanisms in place to monitor compliance, the management structure to manage any breaches and the desire to ensure we are communicating to patients and the public that we are delivering our commitment to eliminating mixed sex accommodation.

Why is same sex accommodation important?

Patients admitted to hospital should only share the room where they sleep with members of the same sex, and same-sex toilets and bathrooms will be close to their bed area. Sharing with members of the opposite sex will only happen when clinically necessary except where it is in the overall best interest of the patient, or reflects their personal choice. We are committed to ensure that patients’ privacy and dignity is maintained. We regularly review our patient environments to ensure we maintain compliance with same sex accommodation.

How will we measure success?

Compliance of same sex accommodation is monitored internally by the Trust Board and externally by our commissioners.

We will continue to monitor our progress against information that is made available following CQC inpatient survey, local surveys, patient engagement, along with an annual self-assessment carried out for each directorate.

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