NHS TDA places Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust in special measures

The NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) today confirmed that Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust will be placed into special measures.

The move follows the CQC Chief Inspector of Hospital’s report into care at the Trust, which concludes that while there have been signs of sustained improvements in some areas, the leadership of the Trust needs support to tackle the scale of the problems it faces. While aware of many of the issues raised by CQC around patient safety and patient care, attempts to address these issues have had insufficient impact. As a result the Chief Inspector has recommended that the Trust be placed into special measures.

The NHS TDA is therefore today setting out a range of urgent measures to help the Trust swiftly improve the services it provides for local people.

These measures include:
•    The requirement to publish an improvement plan listing the measures to be taken by the trust to improve its services
•    Urgently appointing an improvement director to provide oversight of the improvement plan drawn up by the Trust.
•    A comprehensive leadership review to understand whether further action needs to be taken.

NHS TDA Director Alwen Williams said: “This is a disappointing report both for the Trust and the patients it serves. Our priority is making sure the Trust is able to rapidly improve the care it provides. The Chief Inspector of Hospitals has highlighted the scale of the challenge ahead and this is an opportunity to ensure the Trust is able to make lasting improvements to patient care.

“We will work with the Trust to support them to improve but will take every necessary action to make sure that the issues raised in the Chief Inspector’s report are addressed.”

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For further information please call the NHS TDA’s Communications Office on 02079321978 or 02079321930

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