Special measures trusts take action

Five NHS trusts overseen by the TDA have published their action plans in response to Sir Bruce Keogh’s report into high death rates at their hospitals.

The reports detailing what needs to be done at the trusts, put into special measures as a result of Sir Bruce’s report, can be found on the NHS Choices website under ‘Actions Taken As A Result of the Keogh Reviews’.

TDA Chief Executive David Flory said:

‘We have taken seriously the findings and already taken a series of actions to ensure the trusts are dealing with the challenges they face.’

Since Sir Bruce’s review was published in July 2013, the TDA has sent senior leaders to each trust to review how capable their leadership is to deliver improvements.

They have also been partnered with some of the best performing NHS organisations in the country to draw support from high performing teams. The buddying agreements are:

•    North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
•    East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust with Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
•    George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust with University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust
•    United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
•    Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

David Flory added: ‘We have worked with trusts to develop clear and testing action plans. We’re also sending in our own improvement directors to work alongside each trust to drive improvements.

‘Importantly for me, we’ve met each of the senior leaders from these trusts to check and make sure they recognise the gravity of the problems they are facing and will work hard to fix those issues and deliver high quality care to their communities.’

Examples of improvements already being delivered include millions spent recruiting hundreds of new nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives across trusts, deep cleans of wards and theatres to improve infection control and better handling of patient complaints to ensure their voices are heard.

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