George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust has today published its action plan to address the recommendations made in the review carried out by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director at the Department of Health.
Due to its historically high mortality rates, the Trust was one of 14 selected for review following the publication of Robert Frances QC’s report in to standards of care at Mid-Staffordshire Hospital. Following the publication of the Keogh Review, the Trust was one of 11 in the country identified as needing additional support to help it deliver the recommendations made.
The action plan, which is available on the Trust website, identifies 10 key areas for improvement and sets out how the Trust intends to deliver these improvements. The majority of the recommendations have already been delivered and the Trust anticipates the outstanding recommendations will be delivered by the end of the year.
Chief Executive, Kevin McGee, said: “We are fully committed to providing high quality care to our patients and addressing all the recommendations made in the Keogh Review. Many of the recommendations made in the Keogh Review had previously been identified in a major review of mortality rates commissioned by the Board of Directors in 2011, so we were already in a strong position to deliver them.
“What the Keogh Review made clear was that we needed to increase the pace of change and the additional support that has been made available to us following this review has been hugely beneficial in helping us to achieve our goals.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to read the action plan and hold us to account for the changes we have made and will make over the next few months.
“I would also like to pay credit to our staff whose support has been invaluable in getting us to where we are and remind local people of the praise they received from the review team, when they said many of them are ‘outstanding and dedicated individuals’ and ‘passionate and loyal’.
The Department of Health has also announced that the Trust will be partnered with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust with a view to supporting the work it is doing to deliver the Keogh Review recommendations.
“We’re pleased to be working in partnership with our colleagues at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust. They are a large hospital with an excellent reputation and I’m sure there is a lot we can learn from them to help us address the challenges we face at the George Eliot. Equally, I believe that they will be impressed by some aspects of the care and service we provide and they will also benefit from the partnership.”