Care Pathways

18.01.19

Struggling Cornwall trust appoints permanent chief executive to lead it out of special measures

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) has announced that Kate Shields, the current interim chief executive, has been appointed to lead the trust out of special measures.

Shields joined the struggling Cornwall trust to support the executive team in 2017 after it was placed in special measures, and took over as interim chief executive in July 2018.

A former registered nurse and mental health nurse, Shields has held significant leadership roles at University Hospitals Leicester and NHS England, and will now be tasked with turning around a trust which spent 134 days on Opel 4 alert last year.

Kate Shields said: “I am delighted to be confirmed in post and look forward to continuing to support all who work at RCHT to provide the brilliant health service and care the people of Cornwall deserve.”

The Cornwall trust was dubbed ‘inadequate’ by the CQC following inspections in both 2016 and 2017 and even declared a trust-wide ‘black alert’ in 2015 as it was forced to cancel operations due to pressure on its services.

In the most recent CQC inspection at the end of 2018, the troubled trust remained in special measures despite making some improvements after inspectors identified major issues with leadership and the use of resources.

The emergency department at the RCHT was “frequently crowded” and often failed to assess the patients within the 15-minute target, with the chief inspector of hospitals Ted Baker saying more work needed to be done because of the trust’s “challenging history.”

Most recently, a BBC investigation found that the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust had spent the most time of any NHS trust under the highest level of alert, ‘Opel 4’, which is declared when a hospital is “unable to deliver comprehensive care” and patient safety is at risk.

Chairwoman of the trust, Mairi Mclean, said she was “delighted” with the appointment.

She commented: “The experience Kate has already gained from her time at RCHT, and the positive working relationships that have been established across the health and care system in Cornwall, provides much-needed continuity and the opportunity to build on the progress that has been made with the trust improving its CQC rating.

“We all aspire to providing the best acute and community care we can achieve; and to demonstrating our values by the way we treat everyone.”

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest healthcare news

CQC report finds care quality ‘improving slightly’ but work still to be done

15/10/2019CQC report finds care quality ‘improving slightly’ but work still to be done

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published their annual State of Care report today (Oct 15) highlighting the overall quality of health and s... more >
NHS to provide mental health outreach for rough sleepers

14/10/2019NHS to provide mental health outreach for rough sleepers

Towns and areas with ‘homeless hotspots’ are set to receive NHS investment in specialist mental health care. The NHS will provid... more >
NHS Providers: New mental health taskforce welcome

11/10/2019NHS Providers: New mental health taskforce welcome

Following the announcement by NHS England of a new taskforce to improve specialist mental health services, NHS Providers have praised t... more >

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital e... read more >

last word

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us th... more > more last word articles >

the scalpel's daily blog

Providers are delivering – and here’s how

09/10/2019Providers are delivering – and here’s how

It has been a challenging few years for healthcare providers, yet they have continued to deliver high quality care despite the conditions. Adam Brimelow, director of communications at NHS Providers, outlines just how providers are managing to deliver despite the financial squeeze.   It is inevitable that the NHS’ fun... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

comment

NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

23/09/2019NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

Reason to celebrate as NHS says watching rugby can be good for your mental health and wellbeing. As the best rugby players in the world repr... more >
Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

13/06/2019Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professionals as new research reveals how shockingly under-vauled our NHS, edu... more >
Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

10/06/2019Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical advisor and education lead at Helpforce, and Lynn Twinn, talent development consultant, outline the new national traini... more >

interviews

NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

17/09/2019NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

Over 20 years ago, a Teesside hospital cleaner put down her mop and took steps towards her midwifery dreams. Lisa Payne has been delivering ... more >
How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >

health service focus

View all News