Acute Trust to Come out of Special Measures

An acute trust which had previously struggled with both financial and performance problems will come out of special measures following a Care Quality Commission inspection.

NHS Improvement has confirmed that Wye Valley Trust will exit special measures following a recommendation from the CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals.

The trust had been rated inadequate since October 2014, but there was strong evidence that Wye Valley Paddy improved its operation.

Progress made at the trust led to it being rated good for such areas as critical and end of life care.

However, as with most assessments there are still areas of improvement required by the trust, and thus it was rated inadequate for the level of responsiveness demonstrated.

Surgery, gynaecology and outpatient appointments also require attention.

But the Care Quality Commission was satisfied that sufficient progress had been made for the trust to be removed from special measures, with a process of assessment ongoing in accordance with this recommendation.

CQC Chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, outlined the view of the commission.

“There clearly remain areas where further work is needed, in particular with regard to the trust’s responsiveness in accident and emergency, bed occupancy concerns and referral to treatment times, but we found considerable and positive change had taken place. Morale had significantly improved and there was a sense of pride amongst staff towards working in the hospital who felt respected and valued.”

Richards went on to state that those working at Wye Valley Trust deserve accreditation.

“The trust’s staff and leadership should be proud of their achievement so far and they know what to do now to ensure those changes takes place. We will continue to monitor the trust and this will include further inspections.”

NHS Improvement delivery and improvement director, Jeffrey Worrall, was equally keen to acknowledge the developments and progress made by the trust.

“Today’s news shows just how far the trust has come and recognises the hard work of staff at all levels of the organisation. We have to make sure that the trust can build on the excellent progress that’s been made in improving services and ensure the trust is sustainable in the longer term. Strengthening the partnership between Wye Valley and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust is an important step forward.”

Trust chief executive Richard Beeken reflected on a job well done, while also outlining plans for the future.

“This outcome is great news for the residents of Herefordshire and those across our borders who use our services. The report confirms that substantial improvements have been made in many areas – and once again our quality of care has been rated as good throughout the trust. However, these improvements are only part of the answer to the sustainable delivery of high quality, safe services in the county.”

NHS Improvement is the operational name for an organisation that brings together: Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety (from NHS England), National Reporting and Learning System, Advancing Change Team and Intensive Support Teams, formed on 1st April this year.


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