The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has confirmed that George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust have been removed from special measures.
Both Trusts were placed into special measures in July 2013 by the NHS TDA after Professor Sir Bruce Keogh led inspections into the two organisations and identified serious concerns.
Since the being placed into special measures, both have pursued robust action plans to deliver significant improvements in patient experience, recruited additional front line staff and strengthened their governance processes.
Both Trusts still have improvements that they can and will be making to improve the standard of patient care, but the progress they have shown is enough for them to be removed from special measures.
George Eliot will leave special measures with immediate effect.
Kathryn Singh, Portfolio Director at the NHS Trust Development Authority said: “We are very pleased that the CQC has recommended that The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust leaves special measures, recognising the significant improvements they have achieved. Staff have worked very hard to raise care quality for local patients and the CQC report acknowledges their dedication and commitment. We can confirm that the Trust will leave special measures and we will continue to work closely with them to support further improvement in the service areas identified.”
East Lancashire will leave special measures with immediate effect, but will continue to receive intensive support. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust also left special measures with ongoing support in June.
Lyn Simpson, Director of Delivery and Development (North) at the NHS Trust Development Authority said:
“The NHS TDA welcomes the improvements that have taken place at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust that have enabled it to emerge from special measures. We will continue to work closely with the Trust regarding the matters where further improvement is still needed.”
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust have both made improvements in patient care, however they need to improve further to be removed from special measures. They will continue to receive intensive support from the NHS TDA to make sure that they can maintain the momentum to carry on delivering significant improvements for patients.