The Monitor regulatory body has taken Tameside General Hospital out of special measures after significant improvement in its performance.
Monitor indicated that it was no longer necessary to regulate Tameside General Hospital to the same degree after the hospital began to move in the right direction.
Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which is responsible for the hospital, has made significant progress with regard to the running of it, and the healthcare that it provides the public.
The foundation trust, which is one of 151 spread across England, provides a range of elective, emergency and specialist services for around 250,000 people in the borough of Greater Manchester.
Although Monitor has taken the decision to formally remove the trust from the special measures process, the regulatory body has emphasised that it still expects the Tameside trust to continue to develop its operations.
In particular, the foundation trust agreed a raft of steps with Monitor in order to ensure that it can build on recent improvements.
The Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will firstly work with a raft of partners in the health economy in order to take forward the proposals outlined by the Monitor Contingency Planning Team.
This is intended to ensure that the trust remains clinically sustainable and becomes financially viable in the future as well.
The trust will also progress and develop the Contingency Planning Team’s proposed implementation plan in partnership with commissioners and local stakeholders.
Monitor has also indicated that the foundation trust must work closely with the commissioners in order to further examine how to address residual long-term challenges.
These were identified and outlined in a report submitted to Monitor by the Contingency Planning Team.
Speaking on the positive news for the Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, David Dean, Senior Director of Transformation and Turnaround at Monitor, commented that staff could be particularly pleased with their efforts in reversing the fortunes of this body.
“Staff at Tameside have worked incredibly hard to turn this organisation around and improve things for patients. It is good news we have been able to take the trust out of special measures and our decision reflects the progress that’s been made. However, there is still a lot of work to do and we will continue to support the trust to ensure that its progress maintains,” Dean warned.
The decision taken by Monitor follows on directly by a recommendation made by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Sir Mike Richards.
Richards indicated in his role of overseeing the Care Quality Commission that there was still room for improvement at the hospital, but that significant improvements have nevertheless been made.
With a model having been put in place to integrate healthcare and social care, the trust can look to the future following the implementation plan that it has put in place.
The full Contingency Planning Team report and summary can be read here.