Sherwood Forest Hospitals upgraded to 'Requires Improvement' and officially out of special measures.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the national body that regulates and inspects health organisations, published its inspection reports into our Trust and the hospitals that we run (King’s Mill Hospital, Newark Hospital, and Mansfield Community Hospital) in November 2016. Our services at Ashfield Health village were not inspected.
The CQC report sets out findings of the inspection carried out in July 2016. For the area of ‘Safety’ the Trust is now rated overall as ‘Good’, which is two ratings higher than the ‘Inadequate’ rating given last year. For ‘Well Led’ the Trust has also improved, and is now rated as ‘Requires Improvement’, which reflects the need to fully embed and sustain the effective systems and processes put in place over the past year. The Trust’s overall rating has therefore been upgraded from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Requires Improvement’.
CQC Inspectors visited the Trust this summer to look specifically at the areas flagged as being of concern in their previous inspection in July 2015. Inspectors found that significant improvements have been made and noted a number of areas of outstanding practice, including the management of sepsis and other changing risks to deteriorating patients, and the implementation of a medical care pathway for frail older patients with minor orthopaedic injuries who also have other health conditions. There are also some areas for improvement on which the Trust will focus during the coming weeks, including include staff awareness and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
For the full report, please click here to visit the CQC website.