A CENTRE which supports people with serious mental health issues has been rated outstanding during its latest inspection.

The Cygnet Fountains Health Care centre in Blackburn, was given outstanding ratings across the board after it was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

A report into the Pleasington Close centre said staff were 'highly motivated and inspired to offer care that was kind and promoted people's dignity' and there was lots of support for helping patients back into society'

The centre underwent a serious incident in July last year after a man in his 40s attacked members of staff and another patient with a pair of scissors.

He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but released back to the mental health service shortly after.

None of the injuries sustained were serious.

Leigh Wilkinson, hospital manager at Cygnet Fountains said: "I am immensely proud of the fountains team for their hard work, dedication and continued commitment to raising standards and delivering outstanding care.

"We are delighted that the CQC report recognises the contribution that all staff make in ensuring our treatment is tailored to meet the needs of the patient and puts the individual at the heart of all we do.

"The people in our care will continue to inspire us to provide high quality care so that we maintain this fantastic result and continually deliver an outstanding service."

The report also praised staff for sharing best practice, and the service was very responsive to feedback from patients, staff and external agencies.

Dr Tony Romero, CEO of Cygnet Health Care said: "We are very proud of the staff at Cygnet Fountains for the skill, professionalism and compassion they show when caring for our patients.

"This 'outstanding' CQC rating is reflective of their dedication to deliver an exceptional service that is people-focused and empowers patients through their rehabilitation and recovery.

"We are committed to working collaboratively and openly and I am delighted to congratulate the team for achieving this positive result, which is inspiring to see."

In reference to the incident last year, a CQC inspector said within the report: "There was one serious incident in the last 12 months. This incident related to an assault by a patient on staff and a service user.

"This incident is still under investigation and is being independently reviewed.

"Most incidents reported were due to verbal and physical aggression, between peers or to staff and damage to property.

"These were managed effectively by staff."