December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 25, 2013
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has been graded as a “high priority” for further inspections under revamped criteria from a national watchdog.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has introduced “intelligent monitoring” in order to give their officials a clear picture of the areas that need to be followed up with each of the 161 acute NHS trusts nationally.
They have used information from partners and the public to group the trusts into six bands to decide when, where and what to inspect.
Band one is for those with the highest risk of not providing safe, effective and high-quality healthcare, while band six is for those with the lowest.
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, which also runs the Gilchrist Birthing Unit in Eye, has been placed into band two.
This decision was based on the CQC’s last report from July 2013 that looked only at Ipswich Hospital; the Gilchrist Birthing Unit has not yet been inspected.
Areas of concern included the giving of safe and appropriate care to patients that meets their needs and the ways in which medicines were handed out.
However, these areas were only listed as “requiring improvements” and no enforcement action was required.
A statement from Ipswich Hospital said: “Delivering high quality, safe, compassionate care is our overriding priority.
“We welcome the new inspection regime of the Care Quality Commission and look forward to working with them in the future.
“There are no clinical risks highlighted in the intelligence report about our hospital.
“The risks identified in this report relate to staff feedback, improving patient and staff experience and more support for doctors in training, which we are already addressing.”
The CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said: “As a doctor, I liken intelligent monitoring to a screening test; our inspection combined with intelligent monitoring provides the diagnosis, following which we make a judgement, which will in turn lead to action.
“Our intelligent monitoring helps to give us a good picture of risks within trusts, showing us where we need to focus our inspections.
“We aim to publish results at regular intervals.
“They will provide the basis for constant contact with NHS hospitals and other NHS organisations, and may lead to inspections in response to particular issues.”
Forty-four NHS trusts were placed in the top two risk bands, of which 24 are in band one.
Some of these trusts, like Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, were already in special measures.
And South London Healthcare NHS Trust, which scored one of the highest possible risks according to the data, has already been dissolved completely.
The data is being used to inform the new inspection regime of all NHS trusts by December 2015.
Following detailed inspections trusts will be given Ofsted-style ranging from “outstanding” to “inadequate”.