Failing Bucks health trust to be re-inspected in early 2014

View - Main entrance sign to Stoke Mandeville Hospital
View - Main entrance sign to Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Stoke Mandeville Hospital will be subjected to a tough new inspection regime by the Care Quality Commission early next year.

The commission’s new hospital inspection programme enters its second phase in January, with 19 acute trusts including Buckinghamshire named today as the next to be inspected using larger, expert teams that include professional and clinical staff and trained members of the public.

These will also be the first trusts to be given ratings which mirror those given out by school inspectors Ofsted: outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.

Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust has been chosen by the commission as part of its follow-up inspections on trusts placed into special measures after the Keogh review.

CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards said: “As a doctor, I liken intelligent monitoring to a screening test; our inspection combined with intelligent monitoring provides the diagnosis, following which we make a judgement, which will in turn lead to action.

“Our intelligent monitoring helps to give us a good picture risk within trusts, showing us where we need to focus our inspections.

“We aim to publish the results at regular intervals.

“They will provide the basis for constant contact with NHS hospitals and other NHS organisations, and may lead to inspections in response to particular issues.”

The first phase of inspections started in September. By December 2015, CQC will have inspected every NHS Trust. Each inspection seeks to answer five questions about services: are they safe, caring, effective, well-led and responsive to people’s needs?