An announcement today by the Care Quality Commission confirms that The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust has been released from ‘Special Measures’ having demonstrated significant progress since the Keogh Review in 2013.
Reports which are published today show the Trust has made significant improvements in a number of areas, with an overall rating of ‘good’. Of the individual service areas, the report recognised the following as ‘good’:
- Services at this Trust are effective
- Services at this Trust are caring
- Services at this Trust are responsive
- Services at this Trust are well-led
Leadership in End of Life Care was outstanding. Two service areas require further improvement to achieve an overall rating of good, and these are Accident & Emergency and Surgery where measures have already been put in place to address the recommendations. These include recruiting more permanent nursing staff to replace agency staffing, and additional measures to improve the standards for medicines management.
Gordon Wood, Medical Director commented; “It has been a humbling experience to see what the staff have achieved in just twelve months and we are extremely grateful for their passion and commitment to achieve so much in so little time.”
Chief Executive Kevin McGee commented; “We are obviously delighted that all the hard work and dedication of staff over the past year in implementing a number of key changes has resulted in such a good outcome. We are however very mindful of the need to continue to review these changes and to build on the progress made in order to achieve even better patient care for the future. We recognise that this is a continuous journey and every member of the George Eliot staff is committed to ensure we deliver excellent patient care. We are excited about the future and are continuing our work to improve patient care.”