The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has given Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’ in its latest inspection report, which has been published today.
The CQC inspected Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in September 2016; ratings are based on a combination of what it found during the inspection, intelligence shared by us before and after the inspection, and information provided by patients, the public and other organisations.
Karen Partington, Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, “We fully accept the CQC’s findings. When the CQC visited our hospitals in September, work was well underway to make a range of improvements, so we were able to demonstrate our awareness of what needed to be done, and show the good progress we are making.”
We are pleased that the CQC recognised that our staff are hardworking, caring, and treat patients with kindness and compassion. Inspectors also noted our open and transparent culture, and willingness to learn lessons and continuously improve. So we have the right values, expertise and commitment to move forward, and provide the outstanding care our patients deserve.”
“The CQC also quite rightly highlighted that our hospitals are under pressure and exceptionally busy, which is affecting our ability to provide planned operations on time, and admit patients from the emergency departments to wards quickly enough.”
“We are working with our partners on a number of initiatives to prevent unnecessary hospital attendance and admission and to ensure enough of the right support is in place so that people can be discharged from hospital promptly and safely when they no longer need our specialist care.”
“Whilst this work will alleviate some of the pressure we’ve been experiencing, hospitals are just one part of a patient’s journey, so we are working with our commissioners, social care and community providers to transform how health and care services are provided in central Lancashire.”
“This transformation programme, ‘Our Health Our Care,’ aims to change how we work, so that services are sustainable, and people will be able to get the support they need, when they need it, in the right setting. This work is underway, and will better enable us to focus on providing specialist hospital care, which will drive reductions in waiting times, and improve our patients’ experience.”
Sue Musson, Chair of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Recent years have been exceptionally challenging for the NHS, and for our hospitals in particular. Demand has increased significantly, and funding has reduced. However I am confident that the board has got a good grip of what needs to be done, and a robust and comprehensive plan to make the necessary improvements.”
The reports can be found on the Care Quality Commission website.
Chorley and South Ribble Hospital http://www.cqc.org.uk/location/RXN01/reports
Royal Preston Hospital http://www.cqc.org.uk/location/RXN02/reports