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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust : Our improvement plan & our progress. Message from the interim chair – Ian Gordon
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust : Our improvement plan & our progress
Message from the interim chair – Ian Gordon
Who is responsible?
Our actions to address the Keogh recommendations have been agreed by the Trust Board
Our Chief Executive Ann Farrar is ultimately responsible for implementing actions in this document. Other key staff include Dr Jeremy Rushmer who is Interim Medical Director.
Dr Dean Spencer from the NHS Trust Development Authority is supporting us to implement our actions for improvement
Ultimately, our success in implementing the recommendations of the Keogh plan will be assessed by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals who will re-inspect our Trust in the coming months.
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What are we doing?
In July 2013, the Keogh Review made recommendations in eight core areas to help improve the quality and safety of our services for patients in North Cumbria.
Specifically, the Keogh Review said that we need to:
Carry out a full review of the Trust’s corporate risk, business assurance framework and quality governance plans
Review leadership capability and develop a formal organisational development plan for all staff – this is important area t
Ensure robust arrangements for serious incident investigations
Review staffing levels to ensure safe care is delivered
Ensure mandatory training is supported
Promotion of a more supportive and open culture
Review of estates capability and capacity
Review infection control policies and practices with full organisational ownership
This ‘plan & progress’ document shows how we already making these improvements and demonstrates how we’re progressing against the plan. This document builds on the ‘Key findings and action plan following risk summit’ document which we agreed immediately after the review was published on NHS Choices (click here)
While we take forward our plans to address the Keogh recommendations, the Trust is in ‘special measures’ and continues to work closely with the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA), with our acquisition partner Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and with NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Oversight and improvement arrangements have been put in place to support changes required
How our progress is being monitored and supported
We will update this progress report on the first day of every month while we are in special measure and provide a monthly stakeholder update and regular briefings as we implement changes. Progress on our improvement will be reported at our Trust Board meetings every month which are open for the public to attend. (Timescale: From September 2013; Owner: Trust)
Appointment of a senior representative by the TDA, who will provide expertise to the Trust Board and check that we're meeting our promises to deliver our improvement plan. (Timescale: By October 2013; Owner: TDA).
Access support from partnership working as appropriate with the Academic Health Science Network, NHS Improving Quality and the NHS Leadership Academy. (Timescale: By April 2014; Owner: NHS England).
Signed by the Chair of the Trust (on behalf of the Board)
Our improvement plan This table shows the actions we’re taking to address the concerns about the quality of our services which were raised in the Keogh report. It also shows how we are progressing against our actions.
How we’re checking that our improvement plan is workingThis table shows how and when we are checking that the actions we’re taking are making a real difference in our hospitals.
Key for progress reports
Green – on track to deliver
Narrative – disclose delays/risks/plan to recover
Red – not on track to deliver