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Published on: 25 January 2019
On behalf of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as GOOD overall – maintaining high standards in the regulator’s five domains, which ask if services are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.
There was more good news for the Trust in the CQC’s inspection report – published today (Friday, January 25 2019) – which specifically singled out End of Life Care and Children’s Mental Health Services. Both of these were recognised as OUTSTANDING for the care they provide.
Commenting on the rating, Lynn Andrews, Director of Nursing and Patient Care at the Royal says: “I’m so proud of our staff and how hard they work to provide the best possible care and services to our patients. Our GOOD rating recognises their dedication and to have two elements of care singled out for being OUTSTANDING is a delight. I hope every member of staff feels just as proud of our achievement and that they appreciate how each of them has contributed to our success.”
The CQC’s inspection report provides detailed commentary about inspector’s findings. It explains why the OUTSTANDING AND GOOD ratings have been awarded in each of the domains, including:
With a host of positive comments like these and a much improved rating chart, the Trust’s ambition to reach an OUTSTANDING award for all of its services shows real progress. Two years ago it was also rated GOOD, although with 12 elements that ‘required improvement’. These have reduced to three this time-around and the Trust has pledged to address them quickly, using the Chief Inspector of Hospitals’ points of improvement as a starting point.
The report sets out just two areas the Trust must-do - tightening up processes for assessing patients’ capacity to make decisions - and making sure staff training in the Mental Capacity Act (which supports that assessment process) is robust.
There are also around 20 actions the CQC recommend the Trust takes to make services even better. They range from monitoring staff training compliance and improving storage for medical records, through to keeping corridors free from clutter and reducing waiting times for some young peoples’ assessments – in autism spectrum, attention hyperactivity disorder and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Ms Andrews comments: “CQC inspections give us an opportunity to see our services through a fresh pair of eyes. We must celebrate all the positives staff have achieved here, nevertheless it’s equally important to focus on ‘what’s next?’ in relation to improvement. We are all committed to improving the care and services we provide and this report gives us even more of an incentive, along with some tips and ideas about how to get there. As we continue on our journey to achieve an OUTSTANDING rating for all our hospital services, I would like to thank all of our staff for their continued determination and support.”
Now that the CQC has published its report the Trust is expected to display its rating in the hospital and on its website. You can find it on the front page at www.chesterfieldroyal.nhs.uk – with a link that takes you through to the rating charts and the inspector’s full report.