Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) is pleased that the Care Quality Commission has recognised “significant improvements” at the Trust over the past year. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) now rates the Trust as ‘requires improvement’.
The CQC inspectors visited the Princess Royal Hospital at Haywards Heath, and the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton in April 2017. The inspectors found improvements at both hospitals and found that the quality of caring was “good” across all services.
Marianne Griffiths, Chief Executive of BSUH, said:
“The inspectors’ findings recognise the tremendous efforts made by staff across the Trust over the past year. It is a credit to all staff, who have worked to make sure we provide better care to our patients.
“It is no surprise to me that the inspectors rated the quality of care across all our services as ‘good’. Many of the other issues identified are due to systems that don’t work properly, or buildings that are no longer fit for purpose. But we have got the quality where it counts – in our people.”
The new executive team arrived in April, just days before the inspectors. The CQC report identifies a lack of consistent leadership as a reason further progress wasn’t made up to April 2017 and looks forward to the improvements that can be achieved during a period of stable leadership.
Marianne Griffiths continued:
“We’re transforming our hospitals through a massive building programme which will bring some of the oldest buildings in the NHS into the 21st century. At the same time, we’re working to a programme that will deal with the issues identified by the CQC, ensuring we provide excellent care, create a positive culture across the Trust and continuously improve.”
The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust will remain in special measures. The next inspection which is expected in April 2018.