Our hospitals were inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in early December.
The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and publish what they find, including performance ratings, to help people choose care.
The inspection took place over 4 days in early December when around 50 inspectors visited our hospitals. The inspectors spoke with patients and staff and watched our services in action, checking that the right systems and processes are in place to make sure we are providing high quality and safe care for our patients. The inspection assesses whether our Trust is safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led.
The CQC is now reviewing what they have found and will produce a report showing what they think we are doing well, as well as where we can improve. It will also provide an overall rating for our Trust. We expect to receive this report in March so hope to update you in our next edition of Members’ Matters.