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North Lincolnshire Trust placed back in special measures following CQC inspection

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust has been put back into special measures to improve patient services.

The struggling hospital trust was one of 11 organisations placed in special measures in 2013 after Sir Bruce Keogh’s review of mortality rates, and it has now been placed back in the regime after it was rated inadequate by a recent CQC inspection.

The CQC inspection lowered the trust’s overall rating from requires improvement to inadequate.

It also comes within weeks of the trust being placed in financial special measures.

The CQC’s report expressed concern about the quality of urgent and emergency care, outpatients and maternity services, and stated that the trust needs leadership support to develop a robust improvement plan that could make the changes needed for patients.

Special Measures focusses on bringing about quick and lasting improvement in patient services, the CQC says; these efforts will complement the work being done under Financial Special Measures to ensure all areas of the trust improve together.

Executive Regional Managing Director, NHS Improvement North, Lyn Simpson said: “It’s clear we need to do more to drive forward the necessary improvements for patients, which is why we are introducing an integrated package of support involving the joint efforts of all organisations working in the local health and care system.”

Executive Medical Director for NHS Improvement, Dr Kathy Mclean, said: “The trust is facing a number of challenges at the moment and we’re absolutely focussed on helping it to improve quickly for its patients. Our work with the trust will make sure that it has strong plans in place to bring about rapid improvements to patient care.”

The package of support the trust will receive under special measures includes:

  • a ‘buddying’ relationship with another trust which will offer enhanced peer support and direct, hands-on advice to executives from experts in NHS care and management;
  • the support of a team from NHS Improvement to tackle each issue that was raised in the report by the CQC;
  • a Quality Improvement Director, is already working in the trust to improve the quality of its care and the way the trust is run;
  • making sure through the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership to make sure all the improvements are supported by efforts in the local health system.
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