latest health care news

25.01.18

Warwickshire hospital trust not improved in four years after ‘hugely disappointing’ report

A hospital trust in Warwickshire has failed to improve on its CQC rating since 2014, after the latest report found problems with senior leadership and end of life care.

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust was hit with a ‘requires improvement’ rating for the second time following a routine inspection of its main facility in October 2017.

Inspectors said the trust needed to improve in four of its five categories including being safe, effective, responsive and well-led, although it was rated as ‘good’ for being caring.

Trust bosses said they had already pointed out issues in end of life care and other “areas of concern” before the visit and explained that work was already underway to deal with the problems, which has now been accelerated following the report.

“I welcome the CQC’s findings that our staff across the hospital cared for patients with compassion and involved them and those close to them in decisions about their care and treatment,” commented, Kath Kelly, George Eliot Hospital’s CEO.

“However, the inspectors have identified areas that need to improve and have applied an overall trust rating of ‘requires improvement’. This is hugely disappointing for the hospital’s trust board and our hard-working staff, who give their all-in caring for our patients.”

Kelly went on to say the trust had a “comprehensive action plan” developed by the hospital’s new improvement board, which she felt confident would improve the situation.

However, Professor Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals, said inspectors were “disappointed that several ratings at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust had declined” since the last inspection took place in 2014 and outlined specific concerns around urgent and emergency care and end of life services.

Certain senior leaders in the urgent and emergency care services were found to be unaware of potential risks to patients in their departments, while others were criticised for not being visible to staff.

In addition, there were no dedicated triage nurses in post and not all staff at the trust had been trained to triage patients.

Although Baker did point out a number of issues, he also confirmed that the trust had recognised its need to make improvements.

He added: “The trust leadership knows what it needs to do to bring about the necessary improvements and we will return to check on progress.”

The full report is available to view here.

Top image: Joe Giddens PA Archive

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an NHE columnist? If so, click here.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now beyond more > more last word articles >

health service focus

View all News

comment

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 professi... more >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

10/06/2019Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda Univ... more >

interviews

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 s... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS Trust: Our improvement journey

28/05/2019Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS Trust: Our improvement journey

Chief executive of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Martin Barkley, writes for NHE to guide us through his trust’s improvement journey. It’s arguably a ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

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 exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >