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Cambridge hospitals no longer ‘inadequate’, says CQC

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There have been improvements in the quality of care at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals, especially in maternity care, according to the Care Quality Commission.

Surgery, maternity and gynaecology, and outpatients and diagnostic imaging services were inspected in February this year to follow up on an inspection during 2015.

“Our inspectors found there had been a review of midwifery staffing”

Mike Richards

At that time Addenbrooke’s had been rated “inadequate” with Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust rated “inadequate” as a whole and placed in the special measures regime for struggling provider organisations.

But, following the CQC’s latest inspection, Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals have been upgraded to “requires improvement”.

The ratings for both maternity and gynaecology and outpatients and diagnostic imaging services have moved from “inadequate” to “requires improvement”.

In addition, while surgery remains rated “requires improvement”, the CQC’s report said inspectors witnessed improvements to the service during their visit.

The CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said: “We were pleased to see improvements had been made. However, further work is needed to ensure the standards of care meet those which people should be able to expect.

“Our inspectors found there had been a review of midwifery staffing, which led to an increase of midwifes and health care support workers,” he said.

“Governance in maternity had improved with a clear view of the unit’s risks and key performance data now being collected, although inspectors were concerned there was no long term plan to manage capacity and demand in maternity,” he said.

“I would like to thank our staff and partners for their hard work and support”

Roland Sinker 

However, he noted that improvements were still needed. “This included making sure all staff in maternity are compliant with mandatory training, that neonatal early warning observations are completed, recorded and responded to and that staff receive feedback on incidents,” he said.

Sir Mike added that inspections had noted that there had been improvements in the performance of the outpatients department.

Trust chief executive Roland Sinker said: “I am delighted that the CQC has recognised the improvements made since September 2015 in the areas that were rated as ‘inadequate’.

“I would like to thank our staff and partners for their hard work and support,” he said. “Despite our good progress so far, we recognise that this improvement is the first step in a much longer journey.

“We will keep our focus on delivering our improvement plan and delivering the longer term improvements in our culture and governance arrangements,” he added.

The latest inspection was carried out to gain assurance that the trust has taken action to address the most serious concerns identified at our inspection of April 2015 and was not to determine if it should be removed from special measures.

A full follow-up inspection has been announced for September 2016.

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