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Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust

Burton in 'special measures' over staffing and engagement concerns

Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust has been placed in “special measures”, and agreed to a series of improvement actions.

The Keogh review found “a lack of understanding of the trust’s quality objectives, governance structures and processes for quality and patient safety amongst staff”, concerns about support for junior doctors, staff working for high numbers of consecutive days, and concern “over medical and nursing staffing levels and skills mix, in particular related to medical middle grades”.

Actions agreed following the review include updating of the trust’s quality strategy in conjunction with staff, reviewing its complaints system, and ensuring junior doctors are appropriately supported.

The nursing director will review nurse staffing levels. The trust has “already ended long shift patterns” and “put in place arrangements to ensure ward managers become supervisory”.

The trust will now receive additional scrutiny and follow-up reviews by the Care Quality Commission and Monitor.

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