Following the CQC Chief Inspector of Hospital’s recommendation, the NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has confirmed that Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust will be placed into special measures.
The CQC gave an overall rating of ‘Inadequate’ and recommended that the Trust receives support under special measures to deliver sustainable improvements to patient care.
Earlier today, Circle made an announcement on the future of the franchise agreement. Despite these developments, special measures will provide the hospital with additional support to ensure the delivery of improvements and high quality patient care on a sustainable basis. Alongside the special measures process, the NHS TDA will work closely with the Trust to ensure patient services continue to operate fully, staff are given security and a long term sustainable solution is found that safeguards the provision of high quality services to patients. The Trust is also fully engaged with sustainability planning with partners for the local health system.
Mark Cubbon, Portfolio Director at the NHS Trust Development Authority said: “The NHS TDA has formally accepted this recommendation and is committed to supporting the Trust in delivering the improvements required. We will work together with local and national partners to ensure the Trust takes all necessary action to urgently address the concerns raised, with appropriate support to secure continuity of services through the transition and deliver long-term benefits to patient care.
“Our role is to work with the Trust to find a sustainable solution that safeguards the provision of high quality services to patients. We know that local patients will be concerned about what today’s news about the franchise arrangement means for their services, and there is no change- all services remain fully operational.”