Two senior nurses have been appointed as advisors to a review of hospitals in England with high mortality rates.
Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, and Professor Elizabeth Robb, chief executive the Florence Nightingale Foundation, are among 21 people announced as members of a national advisory group set up by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.
The group will guide Sir Bruce’s review into 14 hospitals which have had higher than expected mortality rates.
Other members of the group include leading medics, patient representatives and high profile NHS managers.
The review was announced by prime minister David Cameron during his verbal response statement to the Francis report, which he delivered to the Commons on 6 February.
The review will guide the “overall review process and advise on how to ensure a robust and consistent approach is taken to conducting the individual investigations”, according to a statement from the NHS Commissioning Board.
Each of the trusts to be investigated has had poor results over the last two years in the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator, a healthcare mortality measure developed and used by the Department of Health.
The 14 trusts facing review:
- Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
- Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
- North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- The Dudley Group NHS FT
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT
- Medway NHS FT
- Burton Hospitals NHS FT