Members of the public are being asked their opinion of the services provided by Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust prior to the Trust being inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 14 July 2015.
The opinions are to help CQC inspectors decide what to look at when they undertake their inspection.
“The new inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services in their local hospital, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many hospitals providing good and excellent care”, said England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards. “We know there is too much variation in quality – these new in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.
“Of course we will be talking to doctors and nurses, hospital managers and patients in the hospital. But it is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have had care at any of the hospitals run by the trust, or anyone else who wants to share information with us. This will help us plan our inspection, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.
“This is your opportunity to tell me and my team what you think, and make a difference to NHS services in the local area.”
In addition to the areas to be inspected identified by the public, Sir Mike’s inspection team will look in detail at key service areas: A&E; medical care; surgery; intensive and critical care; maternity; paediatrics/children’s care; end of life care; and outpatients.
When the inspection is completed the CQC will publish a full report of the findings (scheduled for later in the year).
Details of when the listening events are taking place are on the CQC website.