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Bucks hospitals rated 'good' in latest inspection

Bucks hospitals rated 'good' in latest inspection

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 9:34am 18th June 2019.

It's good news for staff and patients of Buckinghamshire's hospitals, which have been rated 'Good' in their latest inspection.

The latest CQC inspection rates the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust as 'Good' overall and 'Outstanding' for caring, following an inspection earlier this year.

The CQC recognised the huge improvements made at the Trust since its last inspection in 2016, when it was rated 'requires improvement'.

BHT Chief Executive Neil Macdonald said:

"This is wonderful news and is testament to the hard work of everyone in the Trust, our volunteers, partners and supporters.

"It is fantastic that we have been recognised as 'Outstanding' for caring.

"In particular, it is wonderful that our end of life service has been recognised as being outstanding and other service areas, including the emergency department, outpatient service and adult community health services have been recognised for outstanding areas of practice.

"Today marks another key milestone for us.

"The news that our progress has been recognised will give everyone at BHT a real boost and our patients greater confidence that the improvements we're making on a daily basis are making a real difference to those for whom we care."

"Without exception staff were caring, considerate and passionate about getting it right first time for patients."

CQC Inspector

A& E  Stoke  Mandeville  Hospital
The emergency departments have been recognised for outstanding areas of practice

Mike Mackenzie, a spinal patient benefiting from the Trust's services for over 25 years, said,

"The care and attention I've received from therapists and medical staff has given me great independence.

"I have always been treated with great dignity, compassion and respect.

"On a number of occasions I've fortunately survived life threatening situations and thanks to the expertise and dedication of the staff at BHT, I have been able to lead an adventurous and exciting life and continue to do so."

CQC comments

In the report, the CQC inspectors were particularly impressed by the way in which:

"Patients were empowered and supported to manage their own health, care and wellbeing and to maximise their independence."

Inspectors noted:

"How staff took the time to interact with people who used the services and those close to them in a respectful and considerate way."

CEO Neil continues:

"We are looking forward to building on our achievements and maintaining the pace of change to transform our culture, workforce and tackle inequalities - for both patients and staff.

"We are fully aware of the challenges that lie before us, particularly in regards to sustaining safe staffing in our community inpatient wards.

"We are looking at a number of options to ensure we can continue to deliver the best possible outcomes and experiences for our patients."

Trust Chair Hattie Llewelyn-Davies commented:

"Today is a day to focus on our successes and I would like to thank all who work within the Trust at every level and across all services for their commitment and dedication in ensuring our patients are well cared for.

"I would also like to thank all of our partners, volunteers and supporters for their continued commitment.

"Every day, and especially today, I am extremely proud to be the Chair of this organisation."

You can read the full report here.

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