West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust exits special measures
On behalf of Herts Valleys CCG, I congratulate all the staff, the executive leadership team, and volunteers at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust for all their effort and hard work that’s gone in to moving the Trust out of special measures. This is indeed good news for people in west Hertfordshire.
Our nursing and quality team have been at the forefront working with West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust on their CQC improvement plan. We are pleased to echo the comments made by the CQC regarding the considerable improvements made, which has resulted in the Trust being taken out of special measures.
The Trust has shown that staff and the leadership team are capable of building a strong platform for continued quality improvement, so it’s important that we say well done, particularly at a time when hospitals and staff are under such heavy pressure.
In the last 12 months visible improvements have been seen during quality assurance visits at the Trust in many of the key areas, previously identified by the CQC, which required improvement. The quality assurance visits have tested the implementation of the improved patient safety and governance processes and systems, nursing strategy and leadership. It has been noted that staff morale has improved which is having a positive effect on patient care and experience.
The CCG looks forward to working with the Trust through the next phase, including sustaining the improvements already made and also in the areas that still require improvement, particularly urgent care. We are already working with the Trust in the areas identified as needing improvements, specifically eliminating mixed sex accommodation and maintaining infection control standards in outpatient rooms and some medical wards. We will support the Trust to ensure improvements are made in order that good quality and safe care is received by all patients across the Trust.
Dr Nicolas Small, Chair of Herts Valleys CCG