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Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust should exit special measures after ‘good’ rating

Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust should exit special measures, the CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended.

The trust is now rated ‘Good’ overall following an inspection in May. It is also rated ‘Good’ for being safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

The trust was placed in to special measures after being rated ‘Inadequate’ overall following an inspection in September 2014. At the time it was being managed privately by Circle, which struggled to improve the performance of the trust.

In April 2015, the trust reverted to being managed by the NHS.

The most recent inspection found significant improvements. Most new systems and processes were in place and had been embedded at the trust. Staff were caring and compassionate towards patients, there was an increased emphasis on learning from incidents at the trust and there were clear visions for its services and visible leadership.

However, there were areas where improvement was needed, such as in the emergency department where patients were waiting longer than average to be seen.

CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Edward Baker, said: “Special measures are designed to provide intensive support to struggling trusts and Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust clearly gained from the special measures regime and the support it provided.

“This trust’s journey of improvement, from being rated ‘Inadequate’ to now, serves as a positive example for other trusts and its staff and leadership should be proud of their achievement. We congratulate the staff and the leadership for the effort they have put in to address the problems we found on our previous inspections. This has made a real difference to the quality of care patients receive.”

Meanwhile, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been rated as inadequate.

A team of inspectors found that the trust provided services that were caring, but were inadequate for being safe and well led.

Rochdale Infirmary and the Trust’s Community Services were rated as Good, Fairfield General Hospital was rated as Requires Improvement and North Manchester General Hospital and the Royal Oldham Hospital were rated as Inadequate.

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