CQC announces programme of NHS trust inspections for November 2015

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced the 12 acute, community and mental health providers that it intends to inspect in November 2015 as part of its comprehensive programme of inspections. The inspections – which are carried out by a mixture of inspectors, clinicians, and experts by experience – will assess whether the service overall is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs, and well-led. The November inspections are: Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust;... Readmore

Trust requests emergency funding from Department of Health

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has committed itself to developing a short-term plan to improve its current financial position – a move approved by the healthcare regulator Monitor. The trust, which provides services to patients at three sites - Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby; Scunthorpe General Hospital; and Goole and District Hospital - was put in special measures following the July 2013 Keogh review into trusts with higher than average mortality rates. Then... Readmore

NHS Trust placed into special measures having “not given sufficient priority to safety”

Whipps Cross University Hospital in east London, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, has been placed into special measures after services were rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). An inspection team led by England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals Sir Mike Richards found a culture of bullying and harassment, low staff morale, and too few doctors and nurses to ensure good standards of patient care after spending six days at the hospital in November 2014. Inspectors also rated urgent... Readmore

CQC places GP practice into special measures over safety and leadership failings

Deanhill Surgery, a GP practice in south west London, has been placed into special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). As part of CQC’s new programme of inspections, a specialist team rated the Surgery as being inadequate in terms of safety, effectiveness, and leadership. However, the Surgery was described as being caring. The CQC identified five areas for improvement, including: (i) the need for appropriate systems, governance and leadership to monitor... Readmore

CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals publishes findings on BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital

The Care Quality Commission's (CQC) Chief Inspector of Hospitals Professor Sir Mike Richards has published his findings on the standards of treatment and care at BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford. The hospital is one of the first independent hospitals to be inspected under CQC’s new methodology which looks at whether services are safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs, and well led. CQC identified five areas for improvement: (i) the provider must ensure that CQC is notified... Readmore

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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