NHS trust ordered to make immediate improvements to patient safety
The Care Quality Commission have imposed urgent enforcement powers on Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, ordering them to make immediate improvements to their leadership and safety
The trust’s previously ‘good’ rating was downgraded to ‘requirements improvement’, following inspections from the CQC from November to January.
The trust’s management were inspected, as well as emergency and urgent care, surgery, maternity, medical care and gynaecology services.
Following the inspections, concerns were raised around patients’ privacy in the operating department of the John Radcliffe Hospital and an action plan to mitigate risks of infection were insisted on.
The inspection also concluded that the trust’s leadership team were lacking and pointed out a lack of expertise at board level.
It also said that demand at the emergency department “frequently outstripped the availability of appropriate clinical spaces” and waiting times “were not always meeting national standards.”
Dr Nigal Acheson, chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC, said “We have placed urgent conditions on the trust’s registration to ensure these improvements do take place.
“We will remove those conditions when we are satisfied that the trust has made sufficient progress to provide the quality of the services that its patients are entitled to expect.”
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