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Eliminating Mixed-Sex Accommodation


Declaration of Compliance – April 2019

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. The only exception to this is when it is in the patients overall best interests or reflects their personal choice.

During 2018-19 there were some occasions where patients were admitted to accommodation in our Short Break services which resulted in the provision of mixed sex accommodation. We have reviewed how we deliver these services and changed them to provide single sex accommodation. We have taken these necessary steps to ensure that we remain compliant with the national standards to eliminate mixed sex accommodation and we have reviewed and strengthened our reporting arrangements with our Commissioner’s.

At Leicestershire Partnership NHS 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 have separate male and female bathrooms. On some of the acute Adult Mental Health wards the beds can provide some flexibility. This allows us to increase either male or female accommodation to respond to demand and ensure same sex accommodation is effectively managed. In Adult Mental Health, in an emergency, patients may-be admitted into an en-suite bedroom in a designated area of the opposite sex which will be resolved as soon as possible.

Our compliance to deliver same sex accommodation has been reviewed and is subject to strengthened monitoring. We will continue to review our progress against information that is made available following Care Quality Commission inspections, patient and staffs feedback. If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We have assurance mechanisms in place to monitor compliance and we shall communicate how we deliver on our commitment to eliminate mixed sex accommodation through our Patient Carer Experience Group.

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. We are committed to ensuring that patients’ privacy and dignity is maintained.

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 the CQC inpatient survey, local surveys and staff and service patient feedback.

We want to know about your experiences.

Please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on pals@leicspart.nhs.uk or Telephone on 0116 295 0830

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