West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has made enough progress for it to removed from special measures, but accident and emergency nurse staffing levels and infection prevention are among the concerns that still need addressing, hospital inspectors have said.
New powers could be created by the Department of Health to effectively “blacklist” healthcare support workers who could be a danger to patients, under latest moves to tackle the long-standing issue of a lack of regulation for this group of workers.
Universities are set to be given more time by the regulator to introduce revised pre-registration nursing courses in line with new education standards.
Around 60% of referrals made to the Nursing and Midwifery Council last year did not go any further, according to the latest report on the regulator’s fitness to practise activity.
England’s most senior nurses have encouraged directors of nursing to check whether they are employing or advertising for unqualified care staff with job titles describing them as “nurses”.
Regulators have ordered a mental health trust to make significant improvements at a high secure hospital, after concerns were raised in three inspections.
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has been told “further improvement” is needed in the safety of its maternity units, as well as ensuring sufficient nursing staff are on duty generally.
Managers have been told to make further improvements to maternity services at Darlington Memorial Hospital although inspectors have praised the “drive” of new midwifery leaders.
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust will remain in special measures, despite the Care Quality Commission upgrading its rating from “inadequate” to “requires improvement”.
A Midlands trust where patients died in the corridors last winter has been rated “inadequate” again, with the Care Quality Commission suggesting outside support will be required “for the foreseeable future”.