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Chief Inspector of Hospitals recommends Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals are no longer rated as inadequate

26 May 2016
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today announced that they will lift the rating for Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today announced that they will lift the rating for Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’ following a re-inspection carried out in February, which showed improvements across a number of areas of leadership and safety.

In September 2015, the CQC rated the hospitals ‘inadequate’ overall when specific concerns were identified in surgery, maternity and gynaecology and outpatients and diagnostic imaging during their inspection in April 2015.

The hospitals were criticised for a lack of robustness in the systems and processes supporting quality and risk management, a perceived ‘disconnect’ between staff and senior management teams within divisions, as well as the executive team and Board, lengthy outpatients waiting times, unsafe levels of nitrous oxide in delivery suites and inadequate medicines management.

Professor Sir Mike Richards, said:

“We found improvement in each area we inspected compared to our previous inspection in April 2015. This inspection was to gain assurance that Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had taken action to address our most serious concerns identified at our inspection of April 2015; and was not to determine if the Trust should be removed from special measures. A full follow up inspection has been announced for September 2016.”

The inspection covered all key questions in maternity and gynaecology, outpatients and diagnostic imaging and the responsive question only in surgery.

Jane Ramsey, CUH Chair, said:

“I would like to thank the many staff who have contributed to the improvement in our services for our patients. We are determined that this improvement will continue over the coming months and we look forward to the full re-inspection of our services by the CQC in the autumn.”

Roland Sinker, CUH chief executive, said:

“I am delighted that the CQC has recognised the improvements made since September 2015 in the areas that were rated as ‘inadequate’. I would like to thank our staff and partners for their hard work and support. Despite our good progress so far, we recognise that this improvement is the first step in a much longer journey for the Trust. We will keep our focus on delivering our improvement plan and delivering the longer term improvements in our culture and governance arrangements. The Trust still has a long way to go, but we are proud of what has been achieved in a short time. We look forward to welcoming our CQC colleagues for a full re-inspection in September.”