Monitor and NHS foundation trust agree plan to improve emergency services and finances

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to work with the health sector regulator Monitor to help improve its emergency care provision and to strengthen its financial position. As a result of the agreement, Colchester will: (i) develop and implement a focused and credible A&E improvement plan; (ii) take positive steps to improve nurse staffing levels; and (iii) work effectively with any future additional support arranged for the trust by Monitor. Colchester Hospital... Readmore

Norfolk and Suffolk becomes first mental health trust placed into special measures

Health sector regulator Monitor has placed Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust into special measures – the first mental health trust in the country to have had such action taken against it. Monitor has acted following a Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) inspection earlier this month which gave the trust an overall rating of ‘inadequate.’ The CQC identified a number of serious problems, including concerns about the safety of services, staffing levels and the leadership at the trust. “Patients... Readmore

BMA symposium puts patient safety top of the agenda

Encouraging patients, families and carers to raise concerns about healthcare was the big issue under discussion at a British Medical Association (BMA) event earlier this week. The BMA’s Patient Safety Symposium event focused strongly on the report by Sir Robert Francis (Freedom to Speak Up) which makes 20 recommendations towards creating ‘an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS.’ During her opening of the symposium, BMA president Baroness Ilora Finlay said that it was important... Readmore

CQC hires three national clinical advisors

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has hired three national advisors to augment its Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care Directorate. Dr Elizabeth Kendrick will take the role of National Advisor for Elderly Care, Amanda Thomas will take the role of National Advisor for Integrated Children’s Services and Dr Joanna Bayley joins as National Advisor for Urgent Care. The three senior clinicians will provide advice and leadership across the whole organisation as the regulator continues to roll... Readmore

NHS England and CQC issue ‘Hard Truths’ joint guidance

NHS England and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have issued joint guidance to Trusts on the delivery of the ‘Hard Truths’ commitments associated with publishing staffing data regarding nursing, midwifery and care staff levels. The guidance, issued by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, and Professor Sir Mike Richards, the CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, follows on from National Quality Board guidance ‘How to ensure the right people, with the right skills, are in the right... Readmore
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